María Guadalupe Espinosa García has just turned 18, but her face looks older, and the fact is that the poverty has marked her life path, has been relentless with her and now with her two little ones three months and two years old, with whom she lives in a slum, in absolute destitution on the side of a mountain in the “Flor de Liz” neighborhood. II”, in Villa Altagracia.

It is the reproduction of a circle of poverty that extends from his mother, his grandmother and that seems to continue with a fourth generation: his children. He would like to break the chain, but he is aware that he needs help to do so.

María lives in an old tin house with her two little ones, Isaac, three months old, and Jazmín, two years old. The floor is dirt, she has no furniture, only two plastic chairs and although she has an old stove, when she usually cooks she does it on a stove because she hardly ever has enough to buy gas.

They sleep in an old bed that is almost rotten because when it rains the water soaks it and the refrigerator has a shell without a door or motor that only serves to hold some utensils. Looking at the roof of the “house” affects vision if it is sunny. The rusty zinc and the rotten wood let everything in, depending on the weather conditions: the rain, the sun, the air… and that’s where hopes vanish when Maria can’t find a way out of the situation.

He also does not have a bathroom and to relieve himself he goes to an aunt or grandmother who lives nearby and in better conditions. To bathe, María set up a small space with pieces of old sheets in a corner of the small lot, where she “throws water” with a gallon bucket of oil cut in half or an old can.

She supports her children as best she can, because those who, as she says, are the parents of her two children, deny them and have never given them a penny. Isaac is always glued to the worn out breasts of María Guadalupe, while Jazmín drinks the milk that her grandmother’s husband gets her, when he usually makes a fluke, in a plastic cup because he doesn’t have a bottle.

The mayor of Villa Altagracia, José Miguel Méndez (Luis Pavolo), sends him some food rations from time to time, but many times, he has to go to his grandmother’s to eat because he does not have gas or firewood to cook.

The shack barely has a light bulb and to have it on, you have to pay a prepaid bill, most of the time you recharge it with 50 or 100 pesos.

“I want them to help me build this little house and to help me stabilize myself well with my children, for their food, to get me a little cleaning job to feed my children and live better,” María Guadalupe expresses hopefully.

Her grandmother, Santa Isabel Álvarez, says that “she takes her granddaughter and daughter hanging from her soul” because they have always lived with many needs. “Her situation comes from the beginning, when she was little, she grew up in a very critical situation, sometimes she had to go to my house to eat or I would bring food to the Novillero community, she grew up very poor, a Once she got sick that she had no skin left, I cured her, thank the Lord.”

As a matriarch, she located each of her children in the absence of the mountain because they had nowhere to live and she provided each one with a small plot of land where today they built their little houses, but the poorest is María Guadalupe’s, which is rather his mother who went to live in Bonao with her partner, desperate for the critical situation.

“My granddaughter stayed in eighth grade, she has no intelligence at all, look she has two children and she doesn’t even know who the parents are, and who she says they are doesn’t help her at all, I mean we can’t say so-and-so is the father of the girl or the boy, that corresponds to her”.

She cries out for help for her granddaughter and great-grandchildren, to help them build their little house where they can live with dignity. Part of the house has a footing that, due to the rust on the rods, seems to have been made a long time ago, which makes its construction easier.

The mayor of the Villa Altagracia firefighters, Colonel Rony Javier Collado, was the one who sounded the alarm so that the situation of this young woman would be made known, confident that the government would know about the case, raise awareness and be able to reach out to this family.

Degree in Social Communication from the O&M University. He has practiced journalism since 1988 in radio, television and newspapers.

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