Hello! I am Santa del Socorrito Conforme. I am 57 years old. I was born in Bahía de Caraquez. Now I am living in Tosagua-Manabí in the Elba Gonzales neighborhood. I am a housewife and earn money by making macramé. I began to share my life with Julio Cesar Quiroz Arteaga when I was 15 years old. We are in a free union and have shared our lives for 42 years. There are times when we have good moments and bad moments. But here we are, still together.
We have twelve children. Three of them are resting in peace, in God´s presence. I would like to introduce them to you: Andrea Agustina, Edison, Sonia, Mayra, Diego, Julio, Aldo, Cristian and Maritza. All of them are married and have their own lives. Actually, I am living with my husband and three grandsons. My husband works as a dispatcher for construction materials at a Tosagua corporation, FASAMA. He earns 325 USD, per month, and I earn 12 USD, per month, by making macramé.
I live in a house made of bamboo cane that is in bad conditions. I would like to repair it, but we are too old to do it. I was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus, by the doctors, five years ago. I used to have chemotherapy treatments, but I did not like it because it caused so much pain and cost a lot of money. I have decided to live my life without thinking about my problem.
Thanks to “Hilos de Esperanza”, I can invest more time with my people, and encourage them to look for a sense to our lives. I liked “Hilos de Esperanza” because it was free and gave me an economic income. My experiences in the past year have been nice, due to meeting new and nice people, but I did not feel great that our director was more focused in San Ramón when it was rain season, and we did not receive any help.
Before I got involved in the project, I was a housewife and a volunteer brigade. I have learned many new designs and techniques with macramé. I hope nobody in the project will be without income after the project, but they will rise with new ideas and continue with new ideas. I wish to be part of “Hilos de Esperanza” for as long as possible.
When I was a teenager, I wished to be a nurse. It was not possible with my economic situation, but I still love to help people and take care of them. Without a degree, I think doing this macramé has been my dream come true. That´s the dream of my life, and I want to say thank you to all of you who buy our products. By doing so, you are a part of the happiness of my people.
Thank you much,