Zacualpa is a small but busy village in a mountain valley. The village is inhabited by both Quiché Indians and Ladinos (those with mixed European ancestry). The prevalent language is Spanish. Families in this village live in one or two room homes generally constructed of either wood or adobe. Although many of the people are farmers, the village contains several small specialized stores, a body repair shop for buses, mechanics, plumbers and many other small town tradesmen. It also has a large open air market which serves much of the area. Even with all of this, the poverty level is very high and the children are very needy.
Hello, my name is Rosa Florinda Tino Gutierrez. I was born on June 13, 2012, and I am 9 years old. I am a healthy girl, and I am in first grade this year; I am attending school on Monday. I like playing with my dolls in my free time. I love red, and I like doves. My favorite food is black beans with egg. I have one brother and two sisters. I live about one hour away from the feeding program; my mother accompanies me to the program.
My father’s name is Domingo Tino De La Cruz, and he works as a farmer and day laborer. My mother’s name is Tomasa Gutierrez Simaj, and she is a housewife; she raises hens and ducks. We live in our own house whcih is made of adobe with a tin sheet roof and dirt floor; it has one room and one kitchen. We have running water, but we have to use candles at night. We are members of the Catholic Church, and we attend the mass on Sunday. This is my personal information, and I hope you can find it interesting.
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Rosa Florinda Tino Gutierrez
Translated by: Loyda de Osorio/AAC Secretary, Antigua