the Chocon Vasquez family
Carlos is the owner of a piece of land that inherited from his parents about 1 year ago. They where living in a house built with corrugated metal sheets and plastic with a dirt floor that was deteriorated. They told us that due to their economic situation, they were not able to fix their home. They had many leaks and all the water goes inside of their house during the rainy season.
Their children suffered from constant stomach and respiratory diseases due to there old home. Carlos is the head of this family, he works on the fields getting a salary of $26 per week, and this is the only income they have. They have access to electric service and running water. They do not have a sewer system so they use an outdoor john. None of the children attend school yet. Silvia, the mother, does not work she stays at home and takes care of her children.
The situation of this family is very poor, they are not able to cover all their needs, and sometimes they do not have enough to eat. Because of a CASA client they have been able to focus their money and energy on their kids, and not on their home.