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 Roselia Elizabeth Morente Gomez. I was born on January 20, 2015, and I am 6 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 purple, and I like sheep. My favorite food is fried chicken. I have one brother and five sisters. I live about 30 minutes away from the feeding program, and my siblings accompany me there; they are also part of the program. We are attending Prince of Peace Church. Thank God, my family and I are in good health.
My father’s name is Genaro Morente Ajqui, but he no longer lives with us because he separated from my mother due to personal problems. He already has another family and lives with them, but he gives a little money to my mother for our needs every month. My mother’s name is Maria Gomez Grave, and she raises sheep for selling and improving the home income. We have our own house made of adobe with a tile roof and dirt floor; it has one room and one kitchen. We have electricity, but we use hoses to bring water from a natural spring. This is my personal information, and I hope you can find it interesting.
With much love
Roselia Elizabeth Morente Gomez
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary, Antigua