Category Archives: California

Perseverance in School Leads to Career (Mexico)

                  My name is Maricela (name changed) and I am 52 years old. I was born in Apatzingan but I grew up in Aguililla, Michoacan and now I live in California with my husband and three children. I am a Preschool teacher and I love working with my kids even though they ... Read More »

Kenyan with 2 Legs and a Dream

              In the beginning, I grew up in a family of 11 with only 1 working mother. In order to keep her children healthy and alive, she had split us up to go live with her other family so that she could take care of a portion of us. I was one of the ... Read More »

Searching for a Better Life

              Oaxaca Mexico……. The moment I came out of my mothers stomach was the moment I had to start fending for myself. Being a female in Mexico with hispanic parents who hold old beliefs strongly, is a struggle, being told you are only good enough to have kids, make food and do all the ... Read More »

Construction Worker from El Salvador

        My father is originally from El Salvador and he migrated to the U.S when he was twenty two years old because he wanted to have a job there. He explained to me that his country was on the horizons of poverty and he would do anything to help his family. So he came to the U.S ... Read More »

No Jobs – Must Move (Mexico)

        When I was young in Dos Aguas, Michoacan there were pine trees all around the mountains I lived in. Due to this, the main job for workers making a living in my town was working at the local  lumber mill. Every morning I would wake up to the sound of chickens and roosters clucking in the ... Read More »

Their Vision Became A Longterm Reality (Mexico)

My name is Cynthia Mendoza. I am 15 years old and my interviewees were my grandparents. My grandmother Angélica Cuevas de Ontiveros is 64 years old and my grandfather Francisco Ontiveros is 67 years old. I decided to interview my grandparents because I never got the full story and I feel that I can honor them through sharing their stories. ... Read More »

Opportunity Calls (Mexico)

                I grew up in Cuitlahuac, Veracruz, a pueblo in the city of Cordoba. We were in the south so it was a lot of ranches where me and my two sisters grew up. When we were growing up we were poor, we would have to go to the city to get a ... Read More »

Rejoining Parents in a Safer Bay Area (Mexico)

              I grew up in a small town in my parents’ red brick home with my siblings. Our house was surrounded by mango trees and some land. Growing up, I would play outside in the hot sun with the neighborhood kids. In the mornings me and my brother would work and make tostadas outside. ... Read More »

Determined Mother Caretaker (Mexico)

                Rosalinda Cabrera (name changed), my mother who is 34 years old, immigrated from Michoacan, Mexico to Santa Rosa as a child. She later immigrated back to Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in 2005 when she was 17 years-old where she later moved to the Bay Area. For over 10 years, she ... Read More »

“Ahora estoy feliz” (Mexico)

    I migrated in 1995 from Michoacán, Mexico when I was only 4 years old. Me and my family wanted to migrate just like every other immigrant would want to migrate for, “the american dream”. I had to stay in Mexico with my grandparents, in a big house with not much furniture inside or beds as well as sofas, ... Read More »