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Yes, I  am  the  first  woman  president,  and  we  have  our  first  woman  vice   president,  too.  We  campaign  and  everyone  votes.    It’s  a  majority  decision.   Do  you  get  paid?   No.   How  often  do  you  meet?   We  meet  the  last  Sunday  of  every  month.    If  someone  isn’t  able  to  come,   they  must  send  a  representative.   Do  you  experience  internal  conflicts  amongst  yourselves?   Well,  we  have  so  many  members  and  don’t  always  agree,  but  we  are  a   family.    We  all  get  equal  profits  and  benefits,  which  makes  it  easier  to   agree.  We  have  minor  discussions  and  must  sign  off  on  each  decision.  We   have  to  agree.  We  have  to  register  everything  we  do  every  time     we  meet.   Since  the  Constitutional  reforms  were  made  in  1992  to  allow  land  to   be  converted  to  private  property,  and  also  allow  sales  and  rentals  to   foreigners,  do  you  think  this  has  benefited  Ejido  members?   Yes,  now  we  have  the  freedom  to  invest  in  properties  and  enterprises,   and  don’t  have  to  be  limited  to  being  just  farmers  or  fishermen.  We  are   more  independent  from  the  government.   Can  a  foreigner  become  an  Ejidotario?   No,  but  he  can  enter  into  a  partnership  with  one.   How  does  one  become  an  Ejidotario?   If  your  family  was  part  of  the  original  workers  who  formed  the  Ejido,  the   right  is  passed  on.    One  has  the  ability  to  sell  their  right  to  other  family   members  or  to  another  Ejidotario.       What  is  your  biggest  challenge?   We  have  a  lot  of  land  and  not  enough  water.    It’s  our  big  priority  now.     People  think  Todos  Santos  has  a  lot  of  water  and  that  it’s  being  wasted.   But  we  only  have  a  certain  amount  for  our  use,  and  it’s  not  enough.  Our   water  is  separate  from  the  city  water.     And  who  regulates  the  use  of  your  water?  

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