For outsiders, our village looks poor. Houses made of sticks and leaves, men in clothes with holes on rubber boots, pigs and chickens roaming free, cook fires, only one pipe for the water supply and so on. There is not much money coming around here and it shows. No wonder that there are outside groups eager to help 'the poor Mayan people' with a project involving education, agriculture, or hygiene/healthcare. They come very frequently, they teach and build and invest and San Miguel welcomes them.