In the biggest market of Guatemala, “La Terminal”, those who move tons of every kind of merchandise are called “Loaders”. They’re the link between buyers and sellers. They earn to arround $0,25 for each “trip”, each load can weigh over one quintal and in the end of the day they can reach $5. Those who have better luck are meat loaders, that may have a better weekly wage.
Despite they importance for the dynamic market economy, hundreds of loaders are working in anonymity. There are loaders of all ages and they spend decades between the alleys of “La Terminal”.
The most of them are Mayan indigenous that came from the rural area where they haven’t land to grow. In the city they’re living overcrowding in small rooms near to the market and they travel to their originals towns to visit their families to give them the saving money.