Stories from the inside #3
In her own words, Gloria tells her story and gives us her thoughts on being in prison.
My name is Gloria, I am 37, from Ayacucho. I have three daughters and a husband.
I have been here 5 years and 3 months.
I am accused of illicit drug trafficking.
Yes, I did a crime because I was in a situation where I was desperate and it was the only thing I could do at the time.
I was very sad when I was detained. I felt extremely worried at the time, the only thing I could think of was my daughters and what I would do after.
Entering the prison, this moment was the worst it was like a nightmare come to life.
To live here is the same day every day. All the same time schedules, the same faces. It is very difficult and sad to go to sleep alone in your bed, missing your daughters with great longing to have them by your side. I only cling to God and pray that soon it will end.
My daughters, my husband, my mother, my father is what I miss the most.
I miss my family, to be able to have breakfast together, a lunch, a birthday a Christmas. I miss it too much to be with them and to share many things like a piece of bread or a walk together. Now I think about making up for the lost time with my family.
I hand knit. I only make a little bit of money but not much, not enough to offer anything to my daughters.
In the time I have been here, there have been times where I have needed money. I have needed money and what is quickly used up is personal hygiene products.
I would like to do more work. It is good to have work, to be able to cover my costs and to offer something, even though it's very little, to my daughters, so that even though you are on the inside you can keep moving on.
Thank you for coming to see us, for a while you made me feel that I am not alone thank you for the moral support and through your questions being worried about me as a person. The people in the street who don’t know our reality they see us as the worst criminals, but you without knowing us offer your support. Thank you. God bless you, may God follow your every step.
We share this story with you so you can get to know a little more about who is making your clothes. Some of the women we work with have pledged guilty and some not guilty. But we do not judge and it is not our business to investigate their cases. Our mission is to give the women who are motivated the best possible opportunity to get a better life during and after prison.