Remittances build homes, fund small businesses, refurbish churches and schools in Oaxaca


The Municipality of Tlacolula de Matamoros is one of the 570 municipalities into which the Mexican state of Oaxaca is divided, located in the center of the state, its head is the city of Tlacolula de Matamoros.

From her stall featuring regional delicacies — chile-infused dried grasshoppers, juicy white worms from the maguey plant, and handmade chocolates, among other edible fare — 63-year-old Eufenia Hernandez issued a challenge to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

“If this individual came down here to Oaxaca, we would put him to work,” she said. “Let’s see if he can work as hard as the Mexicans in the north.”

Hernandez, a veteran border crosser, having made the journey 18 times, has a brother and son in California.

“What would the United States do without Mexicans?” she posed. “Who else would pick the crops? Who would build the homes?”

Mexico too depends on those crops, those homes.

Its citizens in the U.S. sent back nearly $25 billion last year, its second-largest source of foreign income, after manufactured goods and ahead of oil. Much of that ends up in impoverished rural communities like the ones here in the southern state of Oaxaca, which for decades have dispatched young and old to El Norte in a deep-rooted ritual of economic betterment.

The cash they send home builds homes, funds small businesses, refurbishes churches and schools and provides sustenance for multitudes.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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