Women of Los Remedios Ejido
In Los Remedios, women carry many responsibilities, many
of which can be draining and strenuous. As we approached Carmen's house,
we encountered two roosters, a chicken, and two scrawny cows. We crossed
under the barbed wire clothes line and the cocks and chickens scurried
around the large outdoor bread oven. The dust settled as we entered.
Carmen had two stoves, for she needed to use wood for cooking as well as propane gas since gas is too expensive to use on a regular basis. With her children she collects firewood from the hills, carrying it back in bundles on their backs. She needs to be thrifty with her family's income; Carmen can only spend 30 pesos a week on her 8 member family. Their farm grows mostly corn and beans, which are the staples for her family. All other food products must be bought at the market (lentils, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, fruit, etc.). In a good week, her family would be able to eat meat with two meals.