When I lived next to the slum I saw the women sweeping their streets and homes with homemade brooms. These brooms were bundles of sticks and small branches wrapped with twine and fastened to a larger stick as a handle.
So one day I went to the market and purchased about 20 brooms, and while visiting the bordo I handed them out to anyone I saw sweeping with a homemade broom. Mostly because I wanted to make their work more efficient, but also because cleanliness helps fight so many diseases and illnesses.
After the “broom day” it became a joke when the women would see my van driving into the bordo they would grab their brooms and all begin sweeping outside. It was a gesture of welcome and thanks to “the Gringa who gave them the brooms”.
So my sweet friend Lupé took these photos to show me, they are still trying to keep the bordo clean! It warms my heart especially, to see them teaching their children to do it too! I’d like to get them all new brooms! Brooms are about $5.00 each