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Maria de Hoyos
Maria Hoyos Roberts was born in Colón. In spite of the hardships and losses Maria experienced as a child, she stayed focused on getting an education and later became an educator herself. Maria now has three children: one son and a daughter from her first marriage and another son from her second marriage. She also has five grandchildren. Maria’s youngest son now lives in Virginia in the United States and she has had the chance to visit him there several times, always coming back to Panama for her work and for the sense of security that she feels in her country. Maria’s personal experiences, as well as a lack of fluency in English, have taught her the importance of getting an education and learning languages. By telling her story she wishes to pass on this message to younger generations and she insists that, like her, they are capable of fighting for what they want in spite of obstacles and hardship.