The poor living conditions of indigenous Guatemalans

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10 Mar 2013 13:00

Poverty plagues the indigenous in Guatemala surviving in poor living conditions. Many live in one-room homes made with cane, mud, and tin sheeting with mud floor and many lack access to clean water, sanitation facilities, kitchens or furniture.

The indigenous village of San Antonio Palopó in Guatemala sits on the steep banks of Lake Atitlan, the nation’s popular tourist destination located 40 miles east of Guatemala City. The United Nations reports that 80% of the indigenous population in Guatemala are living in poverty, compared to 40% of the non-indigenous population in the nation.

San Antonio Palopó was one of the villages hit hardest by tropical storm Agatha in 2010. The village suffered from a huge landslide that swept away 25 homes, killed 15 people and destroyed the water systems. Many who lost their homes returned to the same land, but remain insecure from potential storms and landslides; many families could not afford to relocate to a safer location.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
09 Aug 2012

Indigenous women in her house where she sleeps with her husband and three children on a straw mat on the mud floor.

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San Antonio Palopo
By hiroko tanaka
09 Aug 2012

Francisca Perez in the 7 x 6 square feet kitchen where she cooks with an open fire on the ground. Eye and other health problems caused by the smoke from open fire are not uncommon in Guatemala. Francisca, mother of 4, did not have the opportunity to go to school and only speak Katchequel.

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San Antonio Palopo, Solola, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
12 Aug 2012

Four years old Jennifer Aracely Sicay sleeps on the floor in a one-room house with her parents and a younger sister.

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San Antonio Palopo
By hiroko tanaka
06 Jun 2012

Gustavo Angel lives in a one-room house with his mother. As the father of Gustavo has another family, he does not provide any help to Gustavo and his mother Manuela. Twenty eight years old, Manuela works with handicrafts and earns $6 per week but her income is not enough to cover their expenses. The house the two live in is a part of Manuela’s brother’s property. There is no electricity and the two sleep on the plastic sheet on the dirt floor.

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San Antonio Palopo
By hiroko tanaka
12 Aug 2012

Manuela, 34, live in a two room home with her husband Pedro, 34, and her 5 children including two year old Amicar, right. The family has two beds in each room. Pedro and three children sleep on the floor.

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San Antonio Palopo
By hiroko tanaka
06 Jun 2012

Carla Marivel, left, plays with her sister in their one-room house. The family of five with three children share two beds.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
06 Jun 2012

The family of Edger Antonio, 4, lost their home in the devastating mudslides during Agatha in 2010 and currently lives in a small one-room home made of wooden boards with aluminum roof and dirt floor.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
06 Jun 2012

Three year-old Wendy Lucrecia, left, and two year-old Roxana, sleep on a straw mat on the dirt floor with their parents in one-room home made of cane and mud. Although their father, Fernando, 21, works as a day labor and earn $20 a week, and Juana, 20, works at home weaving goods to sell, their income is not enough to cover all their costs. After paying for the necessities, including $10 rent per month and electricity, the family often does not have enough food to eat.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jun 2012

Three year-old Maria Cristina, middle, lives in a one-room house with her parents and her three siblings. They all share one bed.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jun 2012

Josue, 13, sleeps in the corner of the kitchen with his young brother, Oswald, 12. Josue appears to be slow in mental development, however his parents have not been able to seek medical attention for him.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
27 Jun 2012

Josue, 13, sleeps in the corner of the kitchen with his young brother, Oswald, 12. Josue appears to be slow in mental development, however his parents have not been able to seek medical attention for him.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
12 Jul 2012

Santos Cornelio, 9, and Reyna Petronila, 14, live in a one-room house. The family that consists parents and four children has only one bed made of wooden planks with no mattress. Three people sleep in the bed and the rest sleep on the dirt floor on a woven straw mat. Their father Luciana recently underwent an operation to remove tumor from stomach and has not be able to work due to his recovery.

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San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala
By hiroko tanaka
09 Aug 2012

The family of 3-year-old Santos, second from right, live in a two-room house. The oldest child sleeps in a bed in his room and the four others share two wooden beds with no mattress.

Poverty plagues the indigenous in Guatemala surviving in poor living conditions. Many live in one-room homes made with cane, mud, and tin sheeting with mud floor and many lack access to clean water, sanitation facilities, kitchens or furniture.

The indigenous village of San Antonio Palopó in Guatemala sits on the steep banks of Lake Atitlan, the nation’s popular tourist destination located 40 miles east of Guatemala City. The United Nations reports that 80% of the indigenous population in Guatemala are living in poverty, compared to 40% of the non-indigenous population in the nation.

San Antonio Palopó was one of the villages hit hardest by tropical storm Agatha in 2010. The village suffered from a huge landslide that swept away 25 homes, killed 15 people and destroyed the water systems. Many who lost their homes returned to the same land, but remain insecure from potential storms and landslides; many families could not afford to relocate to a safer location.