“I’m a vendor selling candy, water, lemonade and juices in a window shop.
I work to be able to pay rent, food and pay the necessary services.
My husband passed away and now I am responsible alone for all my expenses. I live in a single room.
With the loss of my husband I had to sell the little things in my house to pay the rent,
I sold the refrigerator and a small stereo that gave me happiness after work.
In the morning I leave my house at 8 am and return at 8 pm, at the end of the day I get home with a maximum of 10 dollars, although I have days when I only make 2.5 dollars. I have to save that for the rent and to eat something.
I live alone, I wish they would visit me.”
María Elena. Street Vendor, Medellín.