Mexico Oaxaca senior home/help
June 7, 2012 8:01 PM Subscribe
Mexico Oaxaca-What is the history or background of the poor old women who sell things at the Zocalo?
posted by pakora1 to Human Relations (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have been troubled by what I saw in Mexico Zocalo after a recent trip there. I love the country, the culture, the people. So open, giving, loving/happy people! Amongst all this I saw a lot of poverty which wasn't surprising but one image has stayed with me and I am wondering about it.
I saw a lot of old women almost around 75 to 80 years who were frail but still had to sell tourist things to make a living. I know this is nothing new I guess in poor countries but Mexico has a strong family system and Oaxaca doesn't seem to urban to break into nuclear families. There was one woman who came up to our table with 2 baskets that were so heavy that she couldnt even lift them. She very gingerly sat down at our table, almost afraid that we would wave her away. I think the basket weight was more than her fear/apprehension. She couldnt see properly, was thin, malnourished and also needed medical care. The things she was selling were worth not even a $1 in US money. It struck me that this senior woman was working in the 85 degree heat all day for less than a $1. I don't know about you but the unfairness of the situation hit home. As such I have a few questions-
1. Mexicans have strong family ties. Where are the families of these old women and how come they have no one to support them? Who are they, i believe that they come to the main city from the villages (?)
2. Is there no social welfare or help system there that can assist them?
3. Is there anything we can do to help?
4. Does anyone know of any old age homes, help etc. that can be extended to these women?
5. I would like to donate money to any volunteer organization that helps women on that square (Zocalo). Please let me know if you know of any such resource
6. What does it take to create a fund for someone in Mexico?
Thank you for your input.