Reina first learned of Mi Esperanza from her friend Maria Salazar who was a sewing student. SHe heard of Mi Esperanza's free computer course for women living in poverty. She immediately signed up and she knew this course will be good for her life, but she did not imagine how joining the Mi Esperanza program would change her life and the life of her family. After graduating from the computer course in 2006 she apply for a job in the Mi Esperanza Maquila.
Guadalupe Betancour was in charge of the maquila and she knew about Reyna's sewing skills and recommended that Reina be hired. Reina has part of the Mi Esperanza sewing team for 8 years. She is so thankful for her work because she has been able to provide education to her daughters. One of her goals was to see her daughter Heydie receive a diploma from a private university. Heydie graduated last year with a degree in business administration, Reina is so proud and happy for her. Heydie is now working on a second degree.
Reyna at a glance
- Age: 47
- Marital Status: Married
- Children: 4
- Community: Los Pinos
- Mi Esperanza Course: Computer, Sewing Maquila
Reina's next goal is to graduated her youngest daughter Stephanie from the same university, currently she is in high school.
Thanks to the salary that Reyna receives from her work at Mi Esperanza, she is able to help her mom with medical bills also.
Reina is thankful to God and to the Mi Esperanza Project.