As a young child, Maribel faced abandonment and neglect. Today as a mom, she provides the exact opposite to her children. Not only does Maribel care for her own children, it’s not unusual for her to open her home to young extended family members for a couple hours or even a couple years. It’s not hard to see Maribel’s two children, Fernando (16) and Ana (12)’s admiration for their mom.

Maribel was one of the first two SoloHope artisans when we started in 2012 and continues to be a key leader of our artisan group. Most of our SoloHope artisan meetings are held at Maribel's home. She is a business savvy woman but more than that she is the picture of Godly hospitality to her family and neighbors.