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Photography by Ari Espay

Maria Candia Flores

My name is Maria and I am of Mexican nationality. I immigrated to this country 30 years ago to have a better life. What I like the most about this country is its city, I like Manhattan a lot, I really like to go for a walk and continue to see how beautiful it is and all the great things it has. Before this project I was dedicated to cleaning, which has been my job for several years. 

When I arrived in this country, I dedicated myself to working in a factory for several years. What I love the most is cooking. I really like cooking, making different Mexican dishes for my family. I like to meet with my family and have a good family time. 

Cleaning is my job for now and I clean offices and apartments. I believe that covid-19 is going to change a lot in our lives because now many people are going to live in fear of being infected, and more than that worry if someone in their family might die from this disease or has died. We will have to adapt to wearing a mask and always maintain social distancing. 

In the future I would like to continue my education because I did not have that opportunity in my childhood. Since I was little, I had to work since my family was large and low-income. I think that by learning I would have better opportunities and thus be able to continue providing my family a better life.

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