Laundry day

The Emboava family spent this afternoon sorting, washing, hanging and folding almost all the laundry in their home. And as many Brazilians know, doing this all by hand is quite the task.

I’ve been hand-washing my own laundry in our hostel and it’s an incredibly time consuming job. I never realized how much I take my washer and dryer for granted.

As I spend more time in their home, I continue to learn new things about the family. Two years ago, Andreía bought this building for 2.000 reals (1,000 U.S. dollars). The two other families living here pay her 300 reals per month — money which Andreía uses to better their living situation.

Eventually, Andreía dreams of saving enough money to find a new home, but said it could take a while. She said it will help when her oldest daughter, 14-year-old Agatha starts working too.

Andreía smokes a cigarette while taking a break from folding laundry.

Andreía smokes a cigarette while taking a break from folding laundry.

Three-year-old Marjorye squeegees the sidewalk in an attempt to help with household chores.

Three-year-old Marjorye squeegees the sidewalk in an attempt to help with the numerous chores.

After completing a full weekend of household chores, and in anticipation of a long week at work, Andreía said she’ll sleep well tonight.

Until next time,

Cara Wilwerding

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About Cara Wilwerding
Cara Wilwerding is a senior journalism major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She grew up in Omaha, Neb and started her journalism career at Omaha Westside High School. She writes for the Daily Nebraskan’s arts and entertainment section in addition to taking photos. She’s also traveled to São Paulo, Brazil, for a similar photojournalism project with the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. This summer, she will work as an editorial and multimedia intern for HearNebraska.org, float down the Niobrara River and play a fair amount of ultimate frisbee. After graduating next spring, Wilwerding hopes to continue writing and photographing for an arts and entertainment publication.

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