BUILD DATES: April 8-9, 2018
MOTHER - Justina
- Age: 30
- Profession: Sells Artisanal Items
- Daily Salary: Depends on the day: $0-$17 USD
- Miriam - 9 Years Old, 3rd Grade
- Abigail 8 Years Old, 2nd Grade
- Joel - 3 Years Old
COLONIA - Maneadero
TIME WITH PROPERTY - 7 months
ELECTRICITY - No
RUNNING WATER - No
STRUCTURE - Room made of scrap materials, dirt floor.
Justina is 30 years old, and she is from Oaxaca, one of the poorest states in México. She has 3 children: Miriam who is 9 years old and is in 3rd grade, Abigail who is 7 years old and is in 2nd grade, and Joel who is 3 years old.
Justina came to live to Ensenada when she was very young. Her parents came to Ensenada looking for a better life and brought her with them. Justina met the father of her kids in Tijuana. They lived together and had their children but he didn’t really support them or her. Her grandma asked her to come to Ensenada to live with her so she could help raise her children. Justina considered it the best option and decided to move back. The father of her children didn’t want to come so they separated. Justina came to live with her grandmother and aunt, her grandfather gifted her a piece of land, and the neighbors joined together to help her build a small room and gave her some basic furniture.
Justina works selling crafts that she made. The job is very unstable and sometimes she works the whole day and earns nothing, and other times she can make up to $300 pesos in one day (Around $17 USD.).
Justina’s hope is to give her children a better future. She wants a Home Of Hope in order to have a safer place for her children to learn and grow.