Every Little Bit Helps
Marcia is 64 and has worked for the government as a seamstress for many years and started her home business doing the same to supplement her income. Like most older deaf people in Cuba, she only benefited from limited education due to the lack of communication access (no interpreters or school for the deaf back then). However, she did learn how to read.
For a long time she lived with her whole family including some extended family members in a single house- which is common in Cuba due to severe economic limitations. In a crowded house with limited space, she felt the need to move out to her own home so she could have more room for her seamstress work and all the fabric she needs to store. Marcia has a son living in the US from an earlier marriage, whom she asked for some financial help towards the purchase of a house.
In Cuba, if one is lucky to have a family member or a relative living in another country where they are able to earn a better living… that is usually the only chance people living inside Cuba have to receive extra money, better clothing, needed supplies, or things that are not available to purchase in Cuba. This kind of support usually takes the edge off by giving them just a little more that financially moves them from “not enough to live on” towards being able to cover necessary expenses and to get a little bit ahead.
Thankfully, Marcia’s son was able to contribute a couple thousand dollars, and She was able to put in extra work in her side business to add to the amount necessary for the purchase of a small home. Now she is happy living there with just enough room for all her material and sewing machine.
While she lived with her family, Marcia was socially involved with the deaf in the community. Like many others, one of the deaf christians (Maria) invited her to Church and see if she wanted to be involved with the deaf ministry. What she saw appealed to her very much and eventually accepted Jesus into her life. While she enjoys attending all the scheduled events, she especially likes participating in the Deaf Christian Campouts. As an active member of her church, Marcia also helps donate her time in sewing things for church activities like interpretive dance costumes.