Build Dates: May 22-23, 2015

Family Information:



Father- Santiago

  • Age 50
  • Profession: Field Worker
  • Daily Salary: $9.65




Mother- Zenaida

  • Age 48
  • Profession: Makes Tortillas
  • Weekly Salary: $27


  • Paulina, age 12, 7th Grade


Property Information:

Colonia- El Paraiso
Time with property- 4 months
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No


Family Story:

Santiago and Zenaida have been together for 14 years. They adopted a granddaughter of Zenaida's because the girl's mom was a drug addict and had abandoned the girl when she was only 6 months old. The girls is now 12, but her mother has disappeared and for a long time nobody has heard anything about her. Santiago and Zenaida have never owned their own home and were always moving from one place to another.

One and a half years ago they began to make payments on a piece of land because they were tired of renting in different places. Santiago has been losing his vision little by little and he doesn't get work very easily and they weren't making enough money to continue renting and making the land payments, so they had to move to their land. However they could, they built a small place there for them to live with used plywood sheets. They have lived there for 4 years now.

Twenty years ago, Santiago was run over by a car and in a coma for 3 months. He continues to struggle with pain in his head an leg, and has actually lost sight in one eye while losing some in the other. The only place he can work is in the fields, but sometimes he doesn't work because he is in so much pain. He then helps his wife to make and sell flour tortillas. This family makes very little money and is unable to build themselves a better home.