Leonardo Chub

Leonardo Chub

Leonardo was a new Progresa student in 2014 but he had already completed four semesters of Business Administration at the Mariano Gálvez University in Coban, Alta Verapaz.  His family lives in a very rural area located 200 km or 4 hours from Coban.  His father is a farmer who grows corn, beans and cardamom, while his mother tends the home and contributes financially by raising and selling small animals.  As the oldest of 8 siblings, Leonardo also works in the fields and has contributed to the family finances although in the past years he has needed help from his father in order to go to school. That money must now go to a younger sister who wants to enter high school.

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José Perez

José Perez

José is 22 years old and already has had four years of experience working in construction drafting. He graduated from a technical institute in Quetzaltenango with a degree in “Construction Drawing” and then returned to live with his aging parents in Santa Clara La Laguna, a small village located slightly inland from Lake Atitlan.  He has five older brothers and sisters but all of them are married and live apart from the family home.  In the last three years he has been the sole supporter of his father, who is 84 and his mother, who is 63.           

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Milton Rocael

Milton Rocael

Milton is a 21 year old student from La Libertad in the department of El Petén. The majority of its inhabitants are very poor as it is difficult to bring their crops to market. Milton’s life has been very difficult. His parents divorced when he was five years old and both of his parents started new lives with new partners. Milton lived with his mother for a short time but he was soon rejected by her and her new husband and he went to live with an uncle. Here too his life was difficult, not only did he have to work long hours in the fields, he was treated as “less than” his cousins. When he finished primary school his uncle told him that he couldn’t continue to study and he had to take a low paying job in a near-by farm.          

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