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Bruz's Story: Guinea Pigs Jumpstart Change

High up in the Andes of Peru, the district of Huancavelica is home to families like Bruz’s. Bruz is an 11-year-old boy whose family gets by on farming, yet live on the brink of poverty. Although life can be difficult, FH helped his family start raising guinea pigs and growing vegetables in their garden. Bruz shares in his own words how his family’s life has improved, thanks to the support of partners like you.

Landscape shot of Huancavelica Peru in the Andes mountains sierra

 

Meet Bruz

“Hello! My name is Bruz Crisfoter. I am 11 years old and will turn 12 in June. I live in the community of Llallas Alta in Peru, with my parents, Rafael and Mery, and my two little sisters, Dayani, who is 6, and Sayda, who is 4.

Since FH arrived in my community, everything in my family has changed.

I remember when I started attending a children’s program, where they taught me to love myself, to behave, and how to pray. I also remember when my mother took me to the health center. The nurse asked my mom to feed us vegetables and fruits. But my mother did not have the money to feed us healthy foods, so my parents used to worry a lot.

My mother joined FH’s meetings with the other mothers in my community. She learned how to cook and feed us well. My sisters do not have anemia because she feeds them vegetables we harvest from our garden. It’s a vegetable garden that FH helped us build at our home. We usually grow spinach, lettuce, beets, radishes, onions, and cabbage. I learned how to take care of the garden too!

Peruvian family from Huancavelica in Andes mountains in their vegetable garden

Peruvian family from Huancavelica in Andes mountains hold up their guinea pigs

My father also participates in a livelihoods project raising guinea pigs. Now, he is saving money to get uniforms and school supplies for my little sisters and me. When I grow up, I want to have lots of guinea pigs and sell them so that my family won’t lack anything.

Thank you!

Because of your support, we have guinea pigs and a garden with vegetables, my sisters are healthy, and my mom and dad pray before all of our meals. Thank you for helping my family.”

Bruz’s special thank you is part of our 2019 Annual Report. Thanks to your support, we’re able to share more stories of how we’re building hope, together. To see the impact you’ve made over the past year, view our 2019 Annual Report.

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