Teresa de Lozoya, 69, looks out the back door of her mobile home located in the border colonia of Indian Hills, Texas. Her home lacks centralized air conditioning, and summer temperatures in South Texas usually rise above 100 degrees.
Teresa does a load of laundry for the eight people living in her three bedroom-two bathroom mobile home. She quit her job as a home care provider to take care of her six grandchildren during the summer break -- a decision that drastically impacted the family's income.
The names and height-markers of Teresa’s grandchildren adorn the children’s bedroom wall.
Teresa feeds her six grandchildren meals prepared with food bank supplies or church meal program leftovers. Teresa’s adult daughter works as a medical assistant and is the only financial provider for the home while Teresa watches her daughter’s children.
“I’ve been trying to save money for years to get the supplies to fix the walls and floor, but it always ends up going to something else that’s more important at the time,” Teresa said.
One of Teresa’s grandchildren, A.J., walks past the laundry room door that stays open to keep the house cool, regardless of a constant mosquito presence.