by Jorge Montes Rodriguez, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Albuquerque
FII Site: Albuquerque
If you were to look at Hugo Montes hands, you would see the story they tell. He is an immigrant who came in search of an opportunity to develop his dreams. Hugo graduated from The University of Autonoma de Chihuahua pursuing law. Unfortunately, there weren’t many opportunities to pursue his career. Aside from that, he has a great passion for charreria, aka horseman activities. As a young boy, he was introduced to rodeo and animal husbandry practices as a tradition of the haciendas of old Mexico.
Hugo cherishes this part of his life because it was a pastime that allowed him to learn and grow, and keep him far away from the bad influences of the corruption in the community where he grew up. Since Hugo immigrated to the U.S., he has had a diversity of multiple jobs, all so that he can provide for his family.
Could you possibly imagine working hard for a degree only to work hard labor jobs and start from nothing? I think that Hugo’s bruised, cracked, and cut hands tell the story of a sedulous man. He does the hard lifting so that his children won’t have to. When I asked Hugo, “In what way has FII invested in you?” he replied, “I think that FII has helped me define the definition of what it means to take initiative”. Hugo takes initiative in his life by implementing his hard work into prosperous dreams. Hugo is in the works of developing a Charreria (horsemen) school, with the purpose of teaching children horseback riding, and have a hands-on experience with animals and to learn traditional culture and perhaps help them find their passion. Despite horseman activities not being for everyone, he thinks that it’s important for young children to keep busy and experience the world.
The National Narrative Shifters are FII families that want to take the lead on advocating for FII’s approach of direct investment in family initiative and fostering of self-determination and supportive relationships. National Narrative Shifters collect stories of the hard work and initiative happening in their communities. Using FII’s data to corroborate the stories and leveraging FII’s blog and media networks and channels, they are creating a compelling national story on what families actually need to achieve economic mobility. This story was written by one of our 2019 National Narrative Shifters.