The school year for Central American countries starts in January or February, and parents have been shopping the last few weeks for school supplies.
For families living in poverty, however, school supplies can cost more than the families are able to afford. Usually the cost ranges between $50 to $60.
Families in the CFCA sponsorship program sometimes earn as little as $100 a month or less. That means buying school supplies would consume around half of their monthly income.
Here are two CFCA sponsored children in El Salvador, who obtained school supplies this year through sponsorship benefits.
Mauricio (interview with his grandmother, Antonia)
Mauricio lives with his mother, his two sisters and grandmother. His mother works as a security guard and is paid $180 a month. His grandmother sells vegetables and fruit and makes approximately $60 per month.
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