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Profiles in Development

Gema Stratico

“Imagine waking up every day, after little sleep, while getting wet through the night from a roof that is leaks. Imagine not having a bathroom to take a shower and then having to commute an hour and a half to work.” This is the picture that Gema Stratico, a 2010 MIDP alum, paints of the portion of the population she tries to help in her current job as Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. “We as people need to consider,” she says “that the poor don’t want to be poor.