When Marilu arrived in Primo Tapia with her four children, she was in a very dangerous situation, fleeing an extremely violent and abusive man. She didn’t know anyone in Baja California, Mexico, but she came to hide in a small house that was being lent to her. Marilu heard about Casa de Luz through her new employer. While talking with her, we quickly realized the gravity of her situation and began developing a plan to provide support and advocacy for her. With the generosity of sponsors, we were able to help her find a stable and healthy living situation.

She then started a savings plan with us, which allowed her to buy a car that she used to deliver hand-made tortillas to local restaurants. In a matter of months, Marilu opened her own restaurant, which quickly expanded to include a tortilla business. Because of her hard work, positive attitude, and determination, her business has been growing consistently and she has been able to provide employment for five other women (including some moms from CDL). Last year, Marilu was accepted into CDL’s Own Your Own Home program. We witnessed her determination to make a better life for her and her children and we wanted to continue to encourage her in her journey. She moved into a beautifully constructed brand new home with indoor plumbing and electricity. It has been a tremendous gift to her family. Marilu’s children attend CDL and are doing very well. They are receiving high grades in classes and growing as a part of the CDL community.

The changes we have seen in Marilu since she first came to Casa de Luz have been remarkable. She was visibly insecure, fearful, and shy. She is now hardworking, confident and strong. Over time, she has been able to break free from the negative words her husband had spoken over her in the past, and with God’s help, she was even able to contact her ex-husband and seek forgiveness. She is still healing from the tremendous amount of pain that was inflicted on her by all the physical and emotional abuse that she suffered, but she tells us that she is not afraid anymore because she is no longer alone. She has found God, and she has found a family in La Hermosa church. Marilu continuously gives testimony to what God has done, telling people about His goodness and the miraculous difference He has made in her life.