Necessity | Necesidad

by Amanda Ross

Santiago Nuñez was born in Guatemala in 1961. At the age of 11 he began working in the fields cultivating corn, a crop that is essential to life in rural Guatemala, but he didn’t make a life out of farming.  Instead, he was apprenticed to a tailor and learned to make clothing. He made mainly women’s clothing, and enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with the latest trends and selling his product to retailers. His business grew, and he even hired a few employees to work for him. Unfortunately, his success did not last. The product didn’t sell anymore, and he ran up debt, forcing him to leave his business. In 2002 he came to the United States in search of work and for the last eight years he has lived in NC, working at a poultry processing plant.

Santiago Nuñez nació en Guatemala en 1961. A los 11 años de edad comenzó a trabajar en el campo sembrando maíz, un cultivo esencial en las zonas rurales de Guatemala, aunque no se dedicó a la agricultura. En vez, aprendió a confeccionar ropa como aprendiz de sastre. Principalmente hacía ropa de mujer para tiendas y le gustaba tratar de estar al tanto de la moda. Su negocio creció y hasta contrató a varios empleados. Desafortunadamente, no siguió teniendo éxito. El producto ya no se vendía y se endeudó, lo cual lo forzó a dejar su negocio. En 2002, vino a los Estados Unidos en búsqueda de trabajo y durante los últimos ocho años ha vivido en Carolina del Norte trabajando en una procesadora de aves.

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