UNTOLD ARIZONA: DOUGLAPRIETA CO-OP EMPOWERS WOMEN, KEEPS FAMILIES TOGETHER

Many families are drawn to the border to work in factories, or maquiladoras, says Michelle Téllez, a Mexican-American studies professor at the University of Arizona. But the cost of living is high and there’s little infrastructure in place to help families survive once they get there. For some people, that means crossing the border for work.

Others, especially women, become innovators at home.

“Women leading social movements, women at the forefront of future endeavors, women who are concerned about the future of their children, oftentimes,” Téllez says."

Sophia Haro