“I needed to generate income, so I decided to produce. I started with scarves because I arrived here when the cold season was beginning, then I decided to do something more complex, knitting these dolls with the amigurumi technique, which is a Japanese technique. In this way, I can help my daughter to have more income for the family, and to be able to give and buy the baby´s food”, Yeltza tells us as she kits an amigurumi cat.
Yeltza is a nurse by profession, but due to the care that her little girl needs, she cannot dedicate herself to what she calls her passion, what she loves the most; therefore, she generates income doing what in Venezuela was a hobby for her.
She lives with her two daughters, of 24 and 2 and a half years old, in the Santa Anita district, in the city of Lima, capital of Peru.
“Our decision to come to Peru was for health reasons, and to give my daughter a better quality of life. My youngest daughter has Down Syndrome, and due to her condition, she has cardiac and blood problems”, comments Yeltza, who is also very grateful for how Peru has helped her, since, being less than five years old, her little girl has been able to access to therapies and evaluations.
Yeltza’s older daughter arrived first, two years ago. Once in the country, she was received by Peruvian friends, who helped her get a job as a dental assistant. Within a year, Yeltza decided to go on the same trip, accompanied by her youngest daughter. “We arrived by bus to Colombia, and my oldest daughter had the opportunity to buy us a plane ticket from Colombia, and that’s how we arrived here in Peru.”
When they arrived in the country, they lived in a smaller place, but with a lot of effort, between her and her daughter, they were able to move to the place they live today, so that the baby could be more comfortable. “With the sale of the stuffed animals, I have been able to help my daughter, give her a little more income, to be able to cover the expenses that we have here in Peru”.
In the context of the COVID-19 emergency, they no longer have incomes. “My daughter, who was working as a dental assistant, has been suspended, and I also have no income for knitting”, Yeltza tells us; and is that Peru has been in mandatory isolation for more than two months.
“Thanks to the card that the Red Cross gave us, we have been able to cover some expenses that we have here, such as rent, because the landlord wanted to evict us, and the card arrived at the right time. With that we were able to give a part of rent, so we wouldn´t be evicted, and to buy food to support us in these days of pandemic”, she comments.
Yeltza is part of the Cash-based Intervention of the Red Cross, implemented with the support of the European Union. This program gives a card to vulnerable families, so that they can spend on what they need the most at the moment.