The Diaz Cervantes Family
José Andrés Díaz Arreola, of Cofradía, and Melissa Cervantes Morales, of Las Pilas, met while attending the local high school. After three years of dating, they married, and they now have a toddler named Lia Maileth. Andrés works in a construction supply store and Melissa takes care of their home and daughter. They live with Melissa’s father, but at times it can be uncomfortable because of privacy issues.
Although Andrés’s job has been a great blessing, it has not provided enough for them to save money to build their own home. Andrés’s parents have gifted them a plot of land in Cofradía, and they believe that having their own home built on that plot would provide them the great blessings of privacy and the ability to make their own decisions for the future of their family.
The Herrera Romero Family
Lucia Herrera was married at 16 years old. Her and her husband worked in the fields and lived in rented homes all of their life together. They had 6 children. It was a difficult marriage due to his drinking habits and abuse. After a while, he left her for another woman and Lucia began to work wherever she could find a place that needed help. She also began to drink and live a life of shame.
When she was around 50 years old, she met another man who helped her break free from alcoholism. They lived happily together for a few years, but in 2019, he was hit by a semi and killed. She decided to return to her hometown, Cofradia, and take care of her mother. Her kids grew up and started living their own lives without much thought of her, except her youngest daughter who visits her and helps her economically. She also cleans houses for people in the city from time to time.
Her greatest desire is to be able to have her own house and she is waiting on God to make that a reality.
The Orozco Rodriguez Family
Guillermo (Guille) Orozco and Valeria Rodriguez have a young daughter named Kathy. Guille is from Cofradía, and Valeria is from the nearby town Paso Real.
The couple shares a deep sense of responsibility before God to care for their family. They currently live in the house that belonged to Guille’s great-grandmother. Guille’s grandfather gave them some land as a gift, but Guille wants to save up the money to pay him for it. Guille does everything he can to earn money: he helps with construction projects, repairs electrical items, and works in the fields. Sometimes, he works in the state capital, Tepic—about an hour and a half from Cofradia—helping with construction projects and selling fish and shrimp. Valeria stays home and takes care of Kathy. The family’s income still is not enough to pay for a house.
Valeria and Guille agree that if they were selected to receive a house, it would truly be a blessing from God.
María Vázquez is a hard working single mother raising her young son, Eric in the nearby town of Santa Fe. When she was younger, María worked in Ruiz where she met Eric’s dad. He moved to the United States, and later María and Eric moved there to be with him. It didn’t work out for them, so María and Eric moved back to Mexico and stayed with her sister. However, when her sister’s husband returned home, they had to move out. She rented a house for a while, but it was very difficult for her to make the payments with money she earned selling meals. When her brother and his family moved to Cofradía, they loaned María their house in Santa Fe, but have since sold their place. Now, Maria and her son live in a palm roofed shack that her dad built on his property. For her, having a home would mean happiness, peace and the security of having a place of her own where she knows she would never be asked to leave.
Juan Ayala Verdin and Zulema Mariscal Carrillo have been married seven years and live in Cofradía. They have one son, Victor, who will turn three August. Juan suffers from Sciatica, which has made it difficult for him to work, so Zulema has taken on the responsibility of working and providing for their family’s needs.
They live in the home of Juan’s grandfather, who is alone and sick, but Zulema’s income is not sufficient to save for their own home. However, Juan’s family has recently informed them that they want to evict the young family from the grandfather’s house, potentially to claim the house for themselves once the grandfather passes away. Both Zulema and young Victor have been beaten up, both physically and verbally, by extended family members in order to intimidate them into vacating the house. They comment that it has been extremely difficult to endure such mistreatment and that having their own home would provide them a refuge where they can raise their son in security and peace.
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