Build Dates: November 25th-26th

Family Information:

Father- Ismael

  • Age: 20
  • Profession: Field Worker
  • Weekly Salary: $80 approx.

Mother- Gertruidies

  • Age: 22
  • Profession: Homemaker
  • Weekly Salary: N/A


  • Melissa, 3 yrs, Kindergarten
  • Yadira, 2 yrs

Property Information:

Colonia- Maneadero
Time with property- 1 yr 8 months
Running Water-
Structure- Trailer

Family Story:

Ismael and Gertruidies met while working the fields together and a year later decided to move in together.  They were first renting a small room but after their first baby was born they decided to get 2 jobs while Gertruidies’s sister took care of the baby for them to be able to buy a property.  They finally earned enough to apply for a loan and when they moved in Gertruidies decided not to work anymore and take care of the house.  Ismael’s cousin lent them a trailer so they could move on the property and that’s where they’re currently living. Ismael works on the field cutting tomatoes from Monday through Friday.  Because they’re paying the loan for the property they don’t have enough money to build a better house.