Unemployment Impacts One-Third of Lower-Income Households in Brazil

In the last few days, the pessimistic scenario has become the basic scenario and nothing guarantees that projections will not worsen.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Since the quarantine to fight the coronavirus began, housemaid Izabel Cruz de Oliveira has lost all the cleaning she used to do during the week. She succeeded in making R$800 (US$160) a month - money used to support her three children, the youngest being one year old. "With the pandemic, I was dismissed from all houses."

Today, out of work, she lives on donations. Her father, retired, buys her baby's diapers and a neighbor donates milk. The church also helps with other products, says Izabel.

She lives in a squatter settlement in the eastern . . .

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