by Todd Luke
Isaias Guzman is eighteen. If he lived in your town, he’d likely be planning for prom, graduation, summer job, and college in the fall.
As it is, Isaias lives in the village of Castilla Brito (pop. 600) in southern Mexico. After junior high, he chose to go full-time into the family business—subsistence farming. Every year his extended family clears, plants, and harvests around twenty acres or so without owning a tractor. A good year may reap profits near $6,000 and enough corn to feed the family and their chickens and turkeys. An average year can yield around $2,000. A bad year, much less. And it doesn’t take much to have a bad year.Read More