The Question and Answer section for Esperanza Rising is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Esperanza's old life was neat, orderly, and without chaos..... it was perfect, like dolls lined up in a row.
Alfonso's brother is arranging jobs for them to work in the fields at a big farm in California.
From the text:
Esperanza felt like she had failed Mama in some way and wanted to make it up to her. Mama had been strong for her. Now it was her turn to be strong for Mama. She must show her that she didn't need to worry anymore. (Chapter 10)