Meet the Carmen Rosales - Rodriguez Family

In the Rosales-Rodriguez family, Marilu (25) does the household chores and cares for their two children, Erika (4) and Miguel (10). She also plants corn and assorted fruits for the family to consume. Her husband, Miguel Angel (40), works in construction.

This sweet, close-knit household is the second generation of their family living as colonos (workers who live on the very farmland they work on at the discretion of the farm owner). Like many other El Salvadorans, the Rosales-Rodriguez family can be evicted at any time if the farm they live on is sold, or if the landowner needs the land on which the house is built. These evictions, with little to no notice, are common.

The family lives in a small, old house of 16 square meters. Due to the roof’s aging material, heat penetrates the house easily, making the space stiflingly hot during summer months. Winters worry the family, as cold rainwater often leaks into the house through cracks in the walls, dampening their belongings and soaking the young children.

Their home is fully funded! What happens next? 100% of the money raised for this family will go directly to hiring local workers and buying local materials. Our local partner in El Salvador is excited to break ground and start construction. Soon, this family will start their new story!