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Average combined household income is $395 a month. Most of our students’ fathers work in construction, agriculture, or the production of artisan goods.
Most of our students’ mothers work at home in a variety of activities, including cooking, cleaning, child-rearing and family agriculture. Many mothers additionally fill what little spare time they have embroidering blouses, working the land of others, and making bracelets.
Houses are humble, and made of cement blocks, metal or tile roofs, and cement or dirt floors. All homes have water and electricity, although many lack proper plumbing for waste. Many cook over open fire.
The majority of parents did not have the opportunity to complete primary school. Parents are well aware of how their own lack of education has limited their work and life opportunities, and consequently work very hard to send their children to school.
Family agriculture provides important food security. Landholdings are less than 1 hectare in average, and are used to grow staple crops like maize, beans, favas, peas, potatoes and sometimes quinoa or barley. Many families also produce smaller amounts of fruit and vegetables, like limes, tangerines, avocadoes, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, radishes and beets. Crops are produced organically, and provide families an important food source given typically low wages and periods of unemployment.
Animals are also important. Cows provide labor and milk, while pigs, chickens and guinea pigs provide a means of savings as these animals provide food for families and can be sold quickly for cash in times of need.