Olga’s husband abandoned her when she was six months pregnant with her second child. He was furious that she had taken an extra job teaching at a local school so that they had enough money to feed and clothe their children.
‘He started telling me the children were not his,’ says Olga. ‘When Neftalí was born he didn’t want to recognise him. So he left.’
Struggling to bring up two young children with no support, Olga was trained as a legal promoter by a Tearfund partner. She learnt about her rights to alimony, went to the city and paid for her husband to have a DNA test (she took out a mortgage on a plot of land to pay for it), which showed the children were his.
Along with money her husband was forced to pay, Olga has been supported by Tearfund’s partner, AMI San Lucas. ‘They gave me five chickens: two hens and three roosters. Now I have 20. Thanks to that, I’ve been able to get by.’
Olga also supports women in her community to know and claim their rights: ‘I support my community by telling women that yes we can. We women can. Don’t let others violate our rights, because we can exercise our rights. I tell them not to wait for someone else to do it for us. We can do it ourselves. We just need a little support and advice.’
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