Maria is pressured into a world of drugs, gangs, and unprotected sex. She is surrounded by violence as a result of poverty and an unexpected pregnancy; however, she decides to make changes in her life. Despite being poor and lonely, she develops self-esteem and takes charge of her sexual health.
In Manabí, Ecuador, 74.8% of the population lives in poverty, 47.4% in extreme poverty. Adolescent pregnancy rates increased, from 9.8% in 1998 to 18% in 2006. For every five births, one is born to an adolescent mother. 20% of adolescent women have had at least one pregnancy.
Targeted adolescents ages 10-19 in urban communities in Jipijapa, Ecuador, El Anegado, América, Puerto Cayo, Membrillal and Julcuy. The show had over 10,000 listeners.
Dulce Brisas is a radio drama designed to promote awareness in young people about the ways to prevent pregnancies and STIs. According to The Planned Parenthood Federation, one out of 10 adolescent females becomes pregnant each year because of a lack of education or contraceptives. Almost half of Ecuadorian girls do not finish high school.