Category Archives: when

Store Was Threatened by Gangs (Guatemala)

Valentina (name changed) was born in el Chol Baja Verapaz, Guatemala in 1984. She lived happily in that town until she was 32. She was married, had two children. She and her husband had a little store. She came to the US because of circumstances that she didn’t expect. Because the store was successful, the local gangs extorted and threatened ... Read More »

A Better Life (Guatemala)

My friend, Carlos,(name changed) was born in Baja Verapaz Guatemala in 1995. He came here for “a better life”. What does that mean? That means he didn’t have opportunities for jobs in Guatemala. He couldn’t earn enough to buy a car or house. Also there were many problems like violence, extortions, bad education and most of all – a corrupt ... Read More »

Field Work and Construction (Mexico)

My uncle Alejandro (name changed) was born in 1980 in Guerrero México. He came here because in his town there was a lot of work but it was not very well paid. Alejandro started working in the fields when he was 10 years old. He picked corn ,peanuts and beans for about 6 years . He realized that he could ... Read More »

Leaving Children to Pave the Way (El Salvador)

My aunt Esmeralda (name changed) was born in El Salvador in 1978. She decided to come to the United States because she wanted a better future for her sons. In El Salvador it is so difficult to find a good job and also they don’t pay enough money. She and her sons lived in a house made of aluminum so it ... Read More »

Looking for Work (Nicaragua)

My mother was born in Esteli, Nicaragua in 1981.  After she graduated from high school I was born and we lived with my grandmother who was a teacher,  but my mother couldn’t find a job. She came to the United States in 2005 – when she was 22 years old.  She decided to come because she had many needs and ... Read More »

Thought There Was Help for Immigrants (Guatemala)

Beatriz (name changed) was born in Guatemala, Tumbador. She lived in Guatemala for 20 years. She migrated to the United States because for two reasons. She wanted to help her parents because they worked on a farm cutting coffee berries. The work was very difficult and they didn’t earn very much money. Hortencia and her sisters also worked on the ... Read More »

Away From Gangs (El Salvador)

Yalitza (name changed) was born in El Salvador. She stopped going to school after third grade because her mom couldn’t pay the fees. She started working with her mom selling fruit in the market. When she was 16, she started working sewing clothes in a factory. She had me when she was 18. She worked hard so I could go ... Read More »

Trust in God and Go to School

Carlos (name changed) was born in Mexico. He lived in Guadalajara with his parents and two sisters. When he was 14 years old he stopped going to school because his parents didn’t have money. He worked in construction with his father every day and also he fell in love. He and his girlfriend went to church together with his family ... Read More »

Safety and Opportunity (Mexico)

My grandma Josephina (name changed)  is from Michoacan, Mexico. She was born in 1964. She finished elementary school, and then she started working. She got married when she was 17, but her husband was abusive and she divorced him. She married my grandfather and they had four children. She  came to California because she wanted a better life for her ... Read More »

Holding On (Mexico)

Ramon (named changed)  was born in Puebla, Mexico. He studied until he was 20, but then he couldn’t pay the university fees so he started working in a supermarket. When he was 25 years old he decided to come to this country. He knew he would have  more job opportunities here. Also there was a lot of violence in Mexico ... Read More »

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