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Elza F.


A mother seeks to provide for her daughters in Brazil

Elza F., a mother of three young daughters, risked her life to come to post-catastrophe New Orleans, in the hopes of finding well-paid rebuilding jobs that would allow her to buy a home for her family in Brazil. Instead, she faces the harsh reality that wages are lower than she was promised, the dollar is weak, and after taxes, her income doesn’t stretch that far for her family in Brazil. In 2009, with mounting frustration, she comes to believe that working in the United States is no longer worthwhile, but is reluctant to let go of her dream.

Where is she now?

As of 2010, Elza was still working in the U.S.. Her current whereabouts are unknown.