Pasojoc is an area located high on the side of a mountain in the state of Quiché, Guatemala. Life in this area is very difficult and very isolated from the outside world. It is more than a two hour walk to the nearest market town of Zacualpa. Pasojoc is a farming area where corn and black beans, the staple elements in their diet, are the major corps. The Quiché Indians who inhabit this area trace their ancestral roots to the ancient Mayan civilization. They normally speak an Indian dialect called Quiché - however, Spanish is becoming more common. Very little money ever changes hands in this area as they live on a barter system.
Hello, my name is Ana Lesdy Ruiz Poncio. I was born on March 17, 2017, and I am 4 years old. I am a healthy girl, and I do not attend school yet due to my age. I love playing with my dolls at home. I love pink, and I like rabbits. My favorite food is fried chicken. I have one brother and one sister. I live about ten minutes away from the feeding program, and I always walk to the program accompanied by my brother, Jerlin, who is part of it too. We are attending Source of Life Church. Thank God, my family and I are in good health.
My father’s name is Victor Ruiz Poncio, and he works hard in the United States to send us money; he left to go there about one year ago. My mother’s name is Lucia Poncio Jimon, and she is a housewife; she embroiders some clothes. We do not own a house, so we are living with my paternal grandparents who have given us one room. The house is made of adobe with a tin sheet roof and dirt floor. We have electricity, but we have to use hoses to bring home water from a natural spring. This is my personal information, and I hope you can find it interesting.
With much love
Ana Lesdy Ruiz Poncio
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary, Antigua