Yeimi Q.

Yeimi Q.


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More About Me

Community: Santa Lucia
Grade: 10
Birthday: April 07, 2003
Favorite Subject: Music, because I like instruments.

Dream: I want to be a teacher because I want to teach little kids how to read and write.

Biography: I am part of a large family. I have eight siblings, four are older than me and none of them have been able to graduate due to lack of economic resources. My dad works as a day laborer and my mom takes on various responsibilities to support our family financially, such as hand-washing clothing for neighbors. I like sports, and I have a twin brother that I am really close to. My twin brother, Wellington, in the same grade as me and our economic conditions don’t allow for both of us to continue studying. Our family doesn’t have our own land for planting, so my dad rents four plots of land in order to grow corn and beans. 50% of the harvest is used for us to eat and the other 50% we sell at the local market for income. Due to our harvest being small, my dad works as a day laborer with some of our neighbors and earns about $6.70 a day. Sadly the work in our community is scarce, mainly in the summer, because our communities don’t have an irrigation system for our crops. My dad is illiterate and my mom was only able to go to school until 2nd grade. Both of my parents want me to be able to study because they don’t want me to work in the field under the sun and in the rain. They hope to see me become a professional and find a dignified job because life without an education is so difficult.

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