Compiled by PEDRO LAHOZ WOLFE
Hometown: San Antonio, Oaxaca, Mexico
Languages spoken: Spanish
School: Sandra left school at 14 to work.
Work: She first started working when she was 8, selling tamales that her mother made. Now she works in a small hotel in Mazunte, an area on the Pacific coast close to her home. She greets guests and helps them to feel welcome, asks them what life is like in other places, sweeps and does laundry.
Family: Her father is a farmer; he grows corn, beans and squash.
Favorite pastimes: Dancing
Favorite food: steak
Dream for the future: To become a veterinarian: “I love caring for animals.” She says there are veterinarian courses at the Oaxacan university, but they are expensive.
Place she most wants to go: “Cities”
Message to U.S. kids: “Our country is beautiful. Everyone is welcome here. You should come visit.” she says it is hard for Mexicans who want to go to go to the U.S. to work.
Mexico at a Glance
Population: 106.5 million
Capital: Mexico City
Languages: Spanish (official language); 62 indigenous languages
Religions: Roman Catholic (76%); Protestant (6%)
President: Felipe Calderon
Poverty: 50% of Mexicans live in poverty
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