Pablo Mejia is nine years old and currently in the fourth grade at the International Samaritan school in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He is a very intelligent child, a fighter, and a young entrepreneur. In the mornings before going to school and on weekends he goes out to sell vegetables and fruits. Wholesalers sell him their leftover produce at a low cost, then he takes them home and cleans them to take them out to sell. He collects cans, copper, and anything else in the garbage dump that he can sell. He learned this from his mother because when he was very little he would go with her to sell these same items. It is the same thing that Pablo does today. He saves up for household expenses and to have money to help his little sisters.
Pedro and his siblings at his mother’s funeral.
At left, Pablo sells bags of produce in Ocotillo sector, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.