Greg and Vicki Syverson in Pachuca, Mexico
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Cubitos and La Raza

The Cubitos & La Raza neighborhoods are among the poorest in Pachuca. Although they began as “squatter” neighborhoods, the government has given legal ownership of land to the residents. The average monthly income is $100-150 per family. The main street, which passes through the two colonias, was formally named Calle Terroristas (Terrorists Street), because gangs controlled the area. There are now many paved streets in these neighborhoods and a police presence has helped decrease criminal activity. However alcohol, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy are still major problems in these communities. Also, there are a high number of people (especially women) who are illiterate. It is assumed that a child will not attend school past the 8th grade and many do not make it that far.