Before the interview began, Rosa looked a bit concerned and mentioned with a smile that the workers who dined every day in the village of San Luis would soon be arriving to pick up their lunches. She said, “Don’t worry. We still have time.”[/vc_column_text]
The first rays of sun find Rosa Villegas getting ready to go buy food for the next two weeks. Before noon she is back home to begin preparing 40 meals for the day. Fish is easy to find in San Luis, but for chicken and beef, Rosa needs to return to Talara every three days to find the protein necessary for a local worker’s diet.
For the last ten years, from noon to three in the afternoon, Rosa has provided meals for workers from different companies in Talara. Now she has assistants, but at the start, it was just Rosa against the world.
She tells us that her path hasn’t been easy and that she has often had to overcome obstacles to be able to do her work. At times, heavy rains made going to the city of Talara very difficult and kept her from buying food there or, in many cases, from getting back home.
“The road was always out, we didn’t have access, we were isolated and we couldn’t shop for food for weeks,” Rosa explained with a tremor in her voice, as she remembered those times when the trip took about four hours each way.
Six months ago things changed. In line with its commitment to the community, GMP, the company in charge of oil and gas exploration and production for the Graña y Montero Group, built the solution: a direct-access, gravel road between Talara and San Luis that facilitates communication and transit for the over one hundred residents of the community.
Rosa says that now many people visit San Luis year round. She says that even access to education has improved, since teachers who come from Sullana pass through Talara and reach the village more easily thanks to this road. “We’re no longer isolated,” says Rosa, who continues working hard to prepare meals, but with improved transportation.
Thank you, Rosa, for the effort and special flavor you put into your work.
We’re committed to Rosa and the village of San Luis!