Griselda is living out God’s call to love her neighbours by supporting new mothers in her community. Thanks to her, child malnutrition is being prevented, safe hygiene messages are being promoted, and women are receiving vital support as they adapt to motherhood.
‘On many occasions I went through very hard times and I did not know who I could lean on,’ remembers Griselda, from Guatemala. She knows first-hand the challenges of raising young children on her own. ‘I felt very lonely... I felt that there were no opportunities for me. I didn't have a job, I had nothing.’
Sometimes, Griselda couldn’t afford to buy enough food for her two young daughters, let alone buy medicine when they got sick.
Tearfund’s local partner, AMI San Lucas, were able to support Griselda in her time of need. They taught her about nutrition and how to grow different vegetables in her own garden to make healthy meals for her children. They also helped her raise chickens so the family now has a constant supply of eggs, which they can eat or sell.