Petare, Venezuela


Yaneth, 67 years old, chose the word “Vida” (=life).
She officially lives alone, but her home is always full of people, and full of life. She cooks for kids who woulnd’t eat otherwise, gives coffee and arepas to volonteers who come to the neighbourhood to help out, and cooks a lovely breakfast and lunch for me every day. I also wash at her place because there’s no running water in the house I’m staying in.
Although I’m told that the slum used to be much more lively before the crisis that forced 15% of Venezuela’s population to leave, it is still full of life, thanks to people like Yaneth who keep a smile on their faces and pans on the stove!

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