This Mother’s Day, we want to introduce you to Mama Nora.
Nora and her husband are Peruvian and have kids of their own, although if you were to ask our community in Lima about her, you’d think she has many more.
Her kind and giving heart is a universal language in itself. But to the Venezuelans in Lima, it matters that she is Peruvian. At a time when discrimination against Venezuelan refugees is increasing, Mama Nora represents a new way of loving and welcoming those seeking refuge. Whether its a home-cooked meal, a hug on a hard day, or a friendly smile to greet you at the door, she has made so many feel welcomed in a country that would rather have them leave.
She’s not afraid to put muscle behind it, too. A few months ago, one of the Venezuelan moms in our community wanted to pursue her own business and sell empanadas from her own food cart. When she returned home disheartened one day and shared that the municipality said there were no more business licenses available, Mama Nora knew that was not the case. The next day, she took Kimberly back and advocated for her to receive the paperwork she needed. She saw the process through with her and was there on the first night they opened to help cook for customers.
She shows up for the big moments but also lives her life that way each day. Whether it’s someone else’s struggle or her own, she is ready to push in. At 55 years old, she is taking English classes for the first time. While she’ll admit it’s been a new push and challenge, she’s embraced it wholeheartedly with a joy and confidence. It makes her one of those moms that even though they may get older each year, you see them becoming younger at heart.
We love you Mama Nora, and the mama you are to those who cross your path!