Build Dates: July 2-4, 2015

Family Information:

Father- Alvaro

  • Age 26
  • Profession: Fisherman
  • Weekly Salary: $48.60-$62.50

Mother- Johana

  • Age 18
  • Profession: Student
  • Weekly Salary:


Josted, 1 yr 8 months

Property Information:

Colonia- Gomez Morin
Time with property- 7 months
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No

Family Story:

Alvaro and Johana have been married for 3 years. When they got married, they rented a house, but later were unable to pay the rent and moved in with Johana's brother. While living with the brother, they started having problems and decided it was too much for the two families to be able to live together.

They started looking for land, but Johana's aunt decided to sell some land on the same street they were living. Alvaro bought the land from Johana's aunt on a payment schedule. The aunt herself hadn't completed paying off the land and so Alvaro and Johana had to sign a transfer of the land and will continue paying it off directly to the state.

They are very happy because they finally have a place to live. Immediately, Alvaro built a small structure with pallets and pieces of old scrap wood, and the roof covered in tarps. Alvaro lost his job at a factory when they had to let go of a lot of their employees. He is currently working as a fisherman with a friend of his. His salary is very unstable and earns around $50 a week, but it can be more or less. Johana isn't working because she is studying to finish high school. Their son is taken care of by his grandma. Johana and Alvaro do not have the means to be able to build themselves a better home.