When your choice is between stability (at least in the food-on-the-table, roof-over-your-head sense) or uncertainty, you have to have some guts to choose the latter. Rosabel has guts.
Born in the rainforest to Quechuan parents, Rosabel suffered physical abuse from an early age. At 16, she found what looked like a way out in a man twice her age with a good job and plenty of money. Only two years short of a high school degree, Rosabel quit school and moved to another town to marry him. When he drank, fear gripped her stomach. Rosabel left her husband several times due to the abuse, but desperation to feed her children drove her back. After 10 years, it was a broken nose and another trip to the hospital that made Rosabel commit to leave.
She left because the cost of “stability” was her safety and it was too high a price to pay. She left financial comfort in search of a new way. Does she still feel fear? Yes. But for her, the new way (Nuevo Camino) means not letting that fear drive her decisions. Instead of dreading the next danger that could be around the corner, she’s looking for the next opportunity that awaits her.
She recently got a job working as a cashier at a local laundromat and is taking weekend classes to finish high school. Beyond that is a dream to become a paralegal. Beyond that…who knows?