Build Dates: January 16 & 17

Family Information:

Mother- Elvia

  • Age: 47
  • Profession: Cleans bathrooms at Circle K
  • Weekly Salary: $50




  • Cecila, 16 yrs (unable to speak)
  • Diego, 12 yrs, 6th Grade
  • Marely, 9 yrs, 4th Grade

Property Information:

Colonia- Basurero Viejo
Time with property- 4 months
Electricity- No
Running Water- No

Family Story:

Elvia is a single mother. She left her first husband (the father of Cecilia and Diego) when Diego was born. She met another man and they had Marely, but they later separated as well. She decided it was best for her to live alone after it not working out with other men. Elvia works at a gas station (Circle K) and cleans the bathrooms from 7am to 3pm. Right now she is looking for another job closer to where they live. She leaves for work before the children go to school and has to be sure they have everything they need before she leaves, they are then left to get themselves to school and home. The oldest, Cecila, was born with a disability and is unable to speak. Elvia's first husband used to beat Cecila when she was only 2 years old, he was Cecila's biological father. Elvia thinks that maybe more abuse went on as Cecila to this day doesn't like people to touch her or hug her. Elvia rented a house until she had the chance to get a piece of land on credit. She moved her family there and a friend lent her a small trailer for them to live in. The trailer is small and not in good conditions. It has been a lot of sacrifice for Elvia to be able to make the payments on her land and on her own, she is unable to be able to build a proper home for her children.