The Daughter of Farmworkers

My name is Yessi. I was born in Mexico, in the state of Guanajuato. “Where life isn’t worth a damn.”

I got to the United States within months of being born. My dad had the opportunity to migrate to this country in 1985 when there was immigration reform and that’s when our family was brought to the beautiful city of Arvin (California).

I am the daughter of farmworkers and although I went to school from k – 12 and graduated, I consider myself a farmworker.

“I started working in the fields when I was 12 years old. My dad would take me and my sisters during vacations when the grape harvest would start.”

For me it was an unforgettable experience. I would struggle to get up at 4:00 a.m. to go to work. We had to get up early because my dad would pick up co-workers and give them rides to work.

I come from a low-income family. My parents gave us what they could, but my parents gave us much more and it was an education, love, and respect. My dad taught us to work and taught us that by putting in effort we can do anything.  To date, my mom is a fighter and a very strong person. She raised seven children. I man and 6 women. Everyone has their good jobs and are dedicated to their families. We have been through difficult times, but always with the support of each other.

An unforgettable day was my “15th” birthday, my quinceañera. Me in my beautiful poufy dress. It was a day to remember. But within a few months I made a decision that would mark my life forever. I hooked up with my boyfriend and when I was 16, I had my first son Isack. This year my son turns 15 years old. I don’t regret anything. He brought light to my life. Now I have two beautiful daughters. One is 13 and one is 5. My children are my adoration. “They rock my world.”

I didn’t make a life with my first marriage. Within months of having my daughter Ayleen, I separated from her father. After eight years of separation, I met my husband and my youngest daughter Lilybeth’s father. I’ve been with him for 6 years and I’m blessed that God put him in my path. He supports me in everything and helps me a lot.

I work for Lideres Campesinas. I am a liaison and help victims and survivors of sexual harassment/assault and domestic violence. I have worked on many cases that have impacted me and touched my heart. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to work with people who are now a special part of my life. When I read their declarations, I complain less about my life and value my life, husband, family and my work more.

Thanks to the MiHistoria team! I admire you for your good work. Continue with this beautiful work. ¡Si se puede! Yes, you can!


Storyteller Yessi did not provide a biography.

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