Erika is a single mom of two boys, Alex and Eder. She became a single mom after the father of her children went to the United States to work. After some time he stopped sending money for their family.
Erika had to move out of his parent’s home and started living in a small trailer with no electricity. She went to work at Calimax but couldn’t afford daycare for her two boys. Erika then decided to open up a beauty shop. She borrowed some money, and someone allowed her to use a small space to set up her business.
With a brand-new business, she didn’t have enough clients coming to get haircuts to be able to support her family. She was charging $30 pesos per haircut which equals to about $1.50. Erika was in a tough situation. She was working hard but couldn’t get ahead.
Erika was referred to us by her pastor who had become aware of her situation. When we first interviewed Erika she was shy and quiet. She felt forgotten and without hope. Erika’s wanted to get on her feet and provide for Eder and Alex. It was her dream to have a home of her own someday.
Erika moved into Hope Village in September of 2017. We knew that she would only need a little push and she would make it because we saw in her a strong drive to overcome her situation. In April 2018, Erika was able to get a job at the local orphanage. She is a house mom. She has in her care 10 children including her two boys.
Erika was able to save enough money to pay a down payment for a property and in June 2018 a team from Colorado was able to come and build her with a house.
Erika now owns her own home, has a great job that she enjoys and most of all she gets to be with her boys. Through the support Erika received from Hope Village, her hard work, and amazing group of people that gave her much-needed help she achieved her dreams. Erika is a remarkable young woman that will always have a special place in our hearts.
Estela is a single mom of four children. Her beautiful children are Jesus Eduardo, Yomara, Christian, and Joshua (Paco). Estela is from Puebla, Mexico. She speaks Spanish and a dialect called Nahuatl and didn’t learn to speak Spanish until she was about 12 years old. Estela went to Mexico City at the age of 13 to work washing dishes at a small restaurant. She moved to Baja with the hopes of a better life.
There she met a man and started to build a family. Soon she realized it was not a good situation as he was physically abusive. She told him she was going to visit a friend and left. She went to a place called Mujeres Nuevo Comienzo, a women’s shelter, where she found a safe place for her and her children.
After a year in the women’s shelter, she decided to move back to Puebla. She stayed for ten months and realized that moving back to Puebla had been a mistake. She couldn’t find work and her children were not able to go to school. Her children missed a year of school while they were in Puebla. Estela made the decision to come back to Baja California and to the women’s shelter where she had found support for her and her children. After a year of being back at the women’s shelter, she was ready to go into the next phase of her life.
Estela moved into Hope Village in August 2017. She was one of the first families to move into Hope Village. There were some challenges as it took longer than expected to have the electricity set-up. Estela is a strong and hard working woman. She gets up at 3:30 a.m. to fix lunch for herself and her children before heading out to work at 5:00 a.m. She works in the fields picking strawberries, tomatoes or other fruits and vegetables. She makes $250 pesos each day which or about $12 dollars. The best season for the field workers is the strawberry harvest season where they can make a little more money. During her time at Hope Village Estela has been able to save enough money to pay a down payment for a property.
In March 2019 a team from Radiant Life Church of Lodi and students of Rutgers University came and build Estela a home of her own. Estela is now independent and thriving with her four children. Estela and her children live close to Hope Village, so we still get the opportunity to see them and see their smiling faces as they enjoy their new home.
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