Photo by Jamie Netherland
Diana Morales is from Guasabe Sinaloa, Mexico. She arrived in Tijuana 10 years ago. “My siblings were already living here, and I didn’t have any other plans so when my sister told me to come I just did.”
Diana dropped out of school in eighth grade because she hated going to school, but at the time, the factories didn’t require any certificates to start working. “I was making about 1000 pesos [$42], and it was a lot of money for me, I decided to buy a plot across from where my sister lived and built a small room made of wooden pallets and garage doors. It wasn’t much, but it was mine.”
She later went to beauty school and started working on her own, mostly doing the hair of her neighbors and friends, which allows her to raise her three-year-old daughter, Hanna. She lives with Jose and Hanna in the Amor house that a group from California built last spring.
Jose works in construction. Because he has some specialties, he can make up for 2000 pesos per job [$84], which the family saves for when they don’t have work.
“Thank you for the rooms you built with love and helping me build a legacy for my daughter, Hanna.”