One of our beloved Granos Solidarios, Ana, passed away, a few days ago, after a long painful, struggle with liver cancer. Ana came to La Carpio 14 years ago with her father, all the way from Nicaragua, at the age of 15, and was left an orphan when her father died. Ana was one of the first women to join Granos Solidarios. She was only 29 years old when she died.
Ana leaves two children behind, a 10 year old girl and an 8 year old boy; their father “disappeared” years ago, so Ana had been bringing up the children herself in the slums of La Carpio. Her children will now be under the care of Ana’s sister (who already has 5 children of her own), with the additional support of Bien de Mujer.
For the past year or so, Ana had not been able to work a full-time job on account of her illness, but she continued to diligently prepare food to sell with the Granos Solidarios and sell bags, clothes, whatever she could, in order to feed her children, even during the worst of her illness.
Ana was independent thinking, strong-willed, brave, self-driven, and hard working throughout her illness, dedicated to the best care she could provide for her children, and served as an inspiration to other women in the group, as well as Bien de Mujer staff. So needless to say, Granos Solidarios and Bien de Mujer staff are heart-broken about her absence in our lives, but relieved that her pain is over.