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In This House | Heifer International

The Story

Sofia Arivilca has been homeless for most of her 64 years. Born to a poor family in the highlands of Peru, Sofia was dragged from place to place by her wandering father. They eventually ended up in the Amazon, far from the family and world she knew. At 25 she married an older man who frequently beat her. When he threatened her life, Sofia fled and spent years working for food and housing at any job she could get. She often slept outside or with animals that she tended for others, as she made her way back to the highlands where she was born. Rejected by family, she accepted the kindness of neighbors, and learned about the Healthy Homes program created by Heifer International. With their assistance, Sofia received the materials and assistance to construct the first real home she has ever known.