|Barbara Ramirez, 77: My mother
died when I was very young. I was raised by my father. I went to work for
a family tortillando. I married and had nine children, five died
as babies or youngsters - from diarreah, flu.
We worked on the coffee plantations. We were paid four pounds of corn for a day's work. (Corn cost 3-4 centavos per pound then.)
We would carry water from the lake to houses a kilometer away. For several trips we would be paid two tortillas.