Building Dates: April 8-9, 2016

Family Information:

Mother- Elvia

  • Age: 34
  • Profession: Secondhand market
  • Weekly Salary: $60



  • Jose Ignacio, age 15
  • Angela, age 14
  • Oliver, age 4

Property Information:  

Time with property - 8 months

Letter From the Family: 

To whom it may concern,

We are a family of four, my 3 children and me. I was married to my husband for 4 years and then he went to the United States to better our economic situation. After the first year he forgot about us. So, I put myself to work as a janitor in a juvenile center. My salary there was good enough and it was enough for me to provide for my kids for 9 years.  But, 2 years ago I had to quit because they were trying to force me to change cities to Mexicali. I couldn't move there because of my kids, my mom helped me by watching them while I worked. 

Since then I haven't been able to better my economic situation. I struggled a lot to find a good job, many people denied me work because of the discrimination from my previous employers. My aunt saw me struggling to find a job and she gave me a job in her market stand. And thank the Lord I have been able to keep my kids going forward with their studies, which is so important for their futures. 

A few months ago I got my piece of land and started paying for my monthly land payments instead of paying rent. 

It is embarrassing for me to have to ask you all for help, but I have seen that you all have helped a lot of people in need. But, truthfully, I need the help since I haven't been able to build anything or expand my house. My house is a medium sized room with a division to separate a bedroom and a small kitchen area. But, I am afraid that a poisonous animal will come into the house and bite one of kids. Also with the rains, I know my house is not strong enough to with stand them. In the past a lot of water leaked into the house. Like any other mom, I want what is best for my kids. And right now I can't give them that, nor privacy and comfort. 

With that, I will do whatever I have available in my hands to help them. That is why I am here asking you all for your support. I want to thank you all beforehand a thousand times for giving your time to read this letter to be able understand my economic situation and family.

Sincerely, Elvia Berenice Ramos Morales