Harvesting shellfish in the mangroves once provided plenty of food and a good income for residents on the Ecuadorian island of Las Manchas.
Sofia Arivilca was able to build a little house with a clean cookstove and the first bed
of her life. Now she works to help other women in her community.
The Healthy Homes program has had a profound impact on thousands of women in
Puno. Now, they share information, trainings and materials. They also support each
other personally and enjoy each others’ company.
Home improvements such as adding properly vented cookstoves help keep people
warm during harsh winters and decrease the need to haul firewood.
Women in the project help each other with everything, including home repair and
Preparing meals is much easier in a Heifer healthy home.
Sofia works hard from dawn until dusk along the shores of Lake Titicaca, both for
her own survival and to make sure other women find the strength in their lives
sooner than she did.
Heifer's mission to ending poverty and hunger would not have been possible without seagoing cowboys.