This is Paulina. She is an 89 year old Mayan woman living on the shores of Lake Atitlan, in the Guatemalan highlands. Paulina is about 4 feet tall, lives in a one room hut that can be reached only by boat, then about 200 vertical feet of limited trail. She lives with her chicken. She has no running water, no electricity, and a blanket for the door. Her hut has only a dirt floor. She had lived there happily for years. Paulina speaks no English or Spanish. Only Mayan, of which our guide spoke only a few words. But we still felt we were able to communicate with her. When we visited Paulina she was cooking soup or tea over a small fire in the middle of her hut. It is unlikely Paulina had ever traveled beyond the shores of Lake Atitlan.
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