The Indigena

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There are many places in Mexico that are beautiful, but tragically there are also things that would turn your emotions into an explosive volcanic eruption of complete anger! The government officials and residents of Mexico walk by these things daily not feeling any compassion at all!!

I lived in a small town just outside of Puebla, Mexico for a short while and saw such horrible things on the streets everyday. The one thing that enraged me more than anything else, was when I witnessed for the first time the ignorance of an Indigena. (Indian Person of Mexico) For those of you who are not familiar with the term Indigena, let me explain in my own words from my personal experience. These people are survivors of the wild so to speak, poor and very uneducated, but in no way dumb. They live humble lives and dress as if the world never changed. They’re not use to modernization and are very satisfied with staying within their culture. They dress in clothing they make themselves which are very colorful and layered. The women usually have long hair that they braid into two pigtails. The woman usually wrap their infants in large scarves on their backs or sometimes swung low in the front below their chest. They sometimes are seen carrying baskets on their heads and are very well known for begging in the streets. They are not the cleanest due to living in such poor conditions such as the mountains or sleeping on the streets. They generally wash up at local grocery stores or you can find them digging in the garbage in the stall next to you. Their smell is horrible when you walk past them, their children also look filthy, covered in dirt. Even though their conditions of living are quite shameful, they stick together. They are tolerated by many people and by the Mexican government, but in no way, helped! I kind of think of them as Gypsy’s.

Personally I strongly feel that these people could in fact be helped. The thing that worries me the most is their lack of knowledge on important things such as hygiene and manners. They could easily infect anyone around them, and spread illness. Many of them do not wash up and I have seen them use the bathrooms and leave without going near the sink. The government has a program DIF, that is somewhat like welfare and they turn a blind eye to these people! They use this program to help poor people that are considered ‘NORMAL” versus these people who are stuck in the past.

While there are many Indigenas, not all are innocent, uneducated, poor beings. Sadly there are those who abuse to collect money, these Indigenas are VERY BAD PEOPLE! The government does nothing to protect the children involved in these horrific scams!

So what scams am I referring to?

I for the first time saw an Indigena with her child strapped to a wheelchair screaming, flailing her arms and legs around trying to free herself, (Obviously the child was not handicapped) as her mother ate infront of her hungry, urine soiled child! At that moment, I walked past to wittness the mother pinch the child in her side below the ribcage twisting the child’s skin almost all the way around causing the her to cry loudly in anguish. People that saw this fell for the scam and placed a few pesos in a small plate infront of the wheelchair that was on the ground. My anger swelled up into my throat I was furious with this woman, I wanted to choke that last breath out of her and tie her up in that chair!!!! I wanted to free this little precious girl that was born into such a horrific existence and take her with me! Instead, I kept walking like everyone else, thinking I can’t give money to such a woman knowing it isn’t going to the child at all!!! The police do nothing, because these people are allowed to pay a spot on the street to do this, and sometimes they are owned by bosses that pay to find crippled, blind, and helpless children, using them for profit!

Since then I have seen far to many of these situations and I am sickened that the government doesn’t put an end to it! I am trying hard to find a way to help here in Mexico and I believe I will!

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PROFITABLY UNPROFITABLE

I see this every day here in Mexico, people making things, and selling them dirt cheap, never calculating what it took to make it in the first place, leaving them unprofitable!
Let me break it down…
We shall use a padded chair for an example.
To make your chair you need:
Wood (Delivery costs if you don’t have a truck), nails, wood glue, stain, paint thinner, lacquer, foam, fabric (For seat part), tools (Lots of expensive ones), your precious labor time, and don’t forget your electricity bill, that will be hefty if you are constantly using power tools such as tables saws and drills. Lastly your rent, unless you make things from home that is.
Now that you have calculated all that went into making your beautiful chair, that you just completed, you have to decide how much you want for it.
Let us say, that the chair cost was a grand total of $300.00 dollars.
‘COST YOU’ $300.00 dollars, RIGHT?
So you ‘CAN NOT’ charge that amount!
You have to add what you think your labor is worth, you have to get back what you paid for the chair to be built, and you have to charge another $300.00 dollars to actually get a PROFIT!
This is the breakdown…
$300. Chair building cost, $300. Labor with break down of $150. per day to make chair, $300. Your price will be $900. dollars, this you will charge your customer for the chair. 
Your profit, $600.00 dollars, the other $300. will be used to invest in building another product. Not to mention, if it becomes necessary to hire a person to help you, for which they also receive a slice of the profit.
This brings me to why I brought this up, I live in Mexico for half the year and in the U.S. the other half. Honestly people here, ‘sadly’, know nothing about their worth.
These people are amazingly talented, and creative to the extreme, taking objects from the trash and converting it to treasures, also making and selling things from natural resources, such as tree trunks, clay, seashells, palm leaves, cocconut husks, sharks teeth, bamboo, seaglass, and ordinary rocks.
They also make beautiful crochet items, sewn dresses, and tops embroidered by hand, spectacular paintings of Mexican women being carried by Indian men dressed in an array of colorful feathers, wooden table and chair sets with intricately designed carved accents, handcrafted statues, crosses with a glazed porcelain Jesus look a likes hanging onto the carved deep cedar colored wood.
This is only a small portion of this incredibly cultured land of Mexico that offers everything dirt cheap including their silver, onyx, opals, and pearls.
The problem, PESOS and STINGY PEOPLE! 
Pesos are worthless if you are living on them, šŸ˜¦ SAD FACE HERE!
If you use Dollars you never think about prices, because it is majorly cheap, on the other hand, using pesos when you get paid lousy pay every 15 days, is a killer.
Example: The average waiter gets a daily pay of $70 pesos which is $6 dollars A DAY! Can you feed your family on that? I don’t think so! If you have a better job you can make anywhere between $86-$230 which in dollars is about the wage you would get working at McDonalds.
My point here is, people here try to sell their own things, because working for someone else is in no way going to secure a grand future. The horrible thing is, these people go out selling their things too cheap, leaving them in the exact same position as working for a boss.
According to a recent study by INEGI 27.4% of the total population sell in the streets to be able to eat, which equals out to be around 11.9 million.
Tourists are the only one’s who don’t really haggle, yet they can’t complain due to the ridiculously low prices. The people who live here are the problem. They don’t care how much money it took you to make your product or about the labor. 
So these people wander the streets all day with their homemade items on their backs going street through street, house to house, business to business, trying to sell just one thing only to get people that haggle them down below the price that it took them to make it!
This outrages me! 
NO ONE VALUES HARD WORK!