Isabel loves living in Guatemala. She loves the sights, the sounds, the history, the very feel of the country. It is this love that compels her to do more for its people. And that's where this story begins.
Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Its area is 108,890 km² (42,043 mi²) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.(Wikipedia)
According to the CIA World Factbook, Guatemala's GDP (PPP) per capita is US$5,000; however, this developing country still faces many social problems and is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America. The distribution of income remains highly unequal with more than half of the population below the national poverty line and just over 400,000 (3.2%) unemployed. The CIA World Fact Book considers 56.2% of the population of Guatemala to be living in poverty. (Wikipedia)
Isabel has a maid - now, that isn't unusual in Guatemala. The maid's name is Maribel.
Maribel comes from a poor, remote village in Guatemala . It takes her 4 hours to get to work. Part of this journey is a 1 hour walk down the mountain to get to the bus stop. During the week (Monday to Saturday) she stays in the city at her employer's home.
One day, not so long ago, Isabel decided to teach Maribel English, so the maid could be better prepared for the future. Very quickly she realised that her maid was intelligent and a fast learner. The maid grasped English with ease, which got her boss thinking.
How can I make Maribel's life easier?
What can I do for her?Maribel can crochet. She, like me, loves the wonderment of creating objects with yarn and a hook. My type of gal! This is where it starts to get interesting.
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