‘The business is not great but it’s enough to get by and it is a happy life’

By Tori Vail

Feb. 4, 2016

When Francisco Ruiz was a boy, he loved to go to the market with his grandmother to pick out fabrics so she could make him clothes.

Today, Ruiz sells fabrics at the market in Manzanillo, Mexico.

The business can be rough at times, especially in the low season, he said.

“The business is not great, but it’s enough to get by and it is a happy life.”

Ruiz has a family of his own.

“I have two kids, one boy and one girl.”

He does what he can to make sure his kids will have a good life.

“We have our struggles but I want my kids to have a good education and to be happy.”

Across the lane, Roberto Canda sells his homemade soaps.

For the last four years Canda has worked across the stall from Ruiz.

“A lot of tourists love my soap because they don’t get them back home. There are chocolate and coffee soaps as well as many others.”

Canda sells his soaps five days a week.

“I am here all day. It is a family business.”