“The first man I fell in love with was already married. Because the Christian missionary movement was in control it was forbidden to get a divorce. That’s why it was not possible to re-marry. We ended up getting four children. The second man I fell in love with was also still married. With him I had another five children. Because I didn’t have an official husband I was financially fully responsible for my own kids. We were so poor at those times that many people sold their children for small amounts of money. They mostly ended up being exploited for cheap labour. Giving up my children wasn’t an option for me even if that meant I had to work day and night just to provide them one meal a day.”

Nicaragua – Matagalpa