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 Martina Romelia De La Cruz Riz. I was born on November 26, 2014, and I am 7 years old. I am a healthy girl, and I have not been enrolled at school yet due to my age. I keep playing with my dolls at home. I love purple, and I like sheep. My favorite foods are rice and eggs. I have five brothers. I live about 30 minutes away from the feeding program; my mother is who accompanies me to the program. We are part of a Charismatic group that belongs to the Catholic Church.
I am under the care of my parents. My father’s name is Jose De La Cruz Garcia, and he works as a farmer and day laborer. My mother’s name is Catarina Riz Riz, and she is a housewife and raises hens. My whole family goes to pick coffee beans at the coast for two months. We do not have our own house, so we live in my uncle’s house, but we do not need to give him a rent payment. We have one room and one kitchen, and they are made of adobe with a tile roof and dirt floor. We have electricity service, but we use hoses to bring water from a small river. This is my personal information, and I hope you can find it interesting.
Blessings and hugs
Martina Romelia De La Cruz Riz
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary, Antigua