I compare myself to the toughest kind of wood I work with: guachipilín and chocuao. They don’t get pests; they put up with the heavy rain and bright sun, and they remain intact. I’ve endured great storms in life, but I’ve remained strong and continued fighting.
I met the father of my children when I was quite young. Almost immediately after starting a life with him, he began abusing me. He would hit, kick, beat, and insult me. One time, he beat me so forcefully that I had a miscarriage. Even then, he insulted me and accused me of being a lesser or weaker kind of woman for losing my unborn child.
He would always insist that I could never live without him. He manipulated me into thinking that I needed him and that women cannot survive on their own. When I finally left him, I had a hard time feeding my children. That’s when my son had the idea of making rocking chairs from wood to sell them. He doesn’t say much, but he did say to me, “Enough is enough; I will not stand by as you and my sisters go hungry.” He pushed me to leave his father and to start this business. With the help of the credits, I have expanded my business, my working space, and my team.
Now I feel completely different. I know women can succeed on their own. That’s what I tell my daughters: As long as you keep your sights on the goal, you will achieve what you set out to accomplish. All you need is faith in yourself and confidence.
Today I am the head of my household. I am the boss, and I am a woman capable of succeeding at anything I choose.