Build Dates: May 10 & 11

Family Information:

Mother- Micaela

  • Age: 42

  • Profession: Produce Packer

  • Weekly Salary: $65 approx.


  • Brian Manuel, 4 yrs

  • Clemente, 15 yrs, Jr High

Property Information:

Colonia- Paraiso
Time with property- 2+ Years  
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Materials & Dirt Floor

Family Story:

Micaela is a single mother from Mexicali. She came to Ensenada with her first husband, the father of her two elder children. They came to Ensenada looking for work, but after some time, the husband got mixed into a life of drugs and alcohol. He was physically abusive towards Micaela, and one day she decided it was best for her to leave him and go back to Mexicali with her family. Things weren’t going well though for them, so she moved back to Ensenada. She was living with her mother-in-law at first, but things were not any better between her and her husband, he continued to hurt her and look for her at his mother’s. Micaela started asking friends for help and if anyone would let them move in. Micaela was afraid to live anywhere on her own for fear of what her ex-husband would do to her. Eventually, the man left them alone and Micaela met another men who is the father of her 4 year old son. That was not a good relationship either and Micaela did not want him to be setting the example for her children of what a man should be, he was never responsible for the care of Micaela and her children and was an alcoholic. Today, Micaela lives alone with her children. She lives in a shack that she built for herself when she decided to stop renting and get land on credit where she could build a home for her children. Micaela’s desire is to be able to provide a better future for her children.