QCOSTARICA by Marvin Castillo, Vozdeguanacaste – Life isn’t easy. This could be one of the most cliché and frequently repeated phrases that human beings use. However, no one contradicts it. This sentence probably passed through Mayra Rosales Villafuerte’s mind many times. At age 64, she has known poverty, violence and darkness firsthand but has never allowed her dreams to dim.
With a wave of obstacles that could be listed from A to Z, Rosales raised her ten children in unimaginable conditions and today, with her bachelor’s degree under her arm, she is striving to have her own house— her ultimate dream.
Rosales was born in 1951 in what is now Barco Quebrado and is the eldest of nine children. She doesn’t have the best memories of her father and mother. It’s sufficient to relate that, at age 16, she gave birth to her second child under an almond tree, completely alone, because this pregnancy was not accepted by her parents. Her parents understood her first pregnancy, since … continue reading