Josefina Sanchez is 65 and goes by the name Fina. She lives with her husband Angel Geraldo who is 66 and goes by the name Gerald. They have been living in the community for about 38 years and have been living in their house for about 27 years. They also have a little dog named Benchi. Gerald is a motorbike taxi driver (a motoconcho) and that is their only income. He does not make a good income because his bike is in poor condition and people would prefer to be on other bikes.They have many struggles living in the home that they are in. Their roof has many holes and when it rains it leaks a lot. They have to have all of their belongings covered with plastic.The water also comes in when the river is high and causes a lot of mosquito problems.Fina was in a motorbike accident and it has caused many health problems for her. Gerald was also in a motorbike accident a few months ago and he still has shoulder pain from it.They have one daughter but have also raised her sister’s daughter so they say they have 2 children. They are looking forward to having a healthier life in their new home and to be able to keep their stuff from being damaged by the rain. They have been praying for many years that their time will come to get a new home.
Live Different chooses to employ and work alongside local labourers and tradespeople in communities where we have established connections and relationships. No family is ever simply a “project” for us, and each family is chosen and approved through a process with local community workers. Each home is one that will be built with love, hope, and dignity – together.