No Boom Times In The Barrio

To get to Ezia Maravi's house in the Lima barrio of Villa Maria del Perpetuo Socorro, I take a taxi through the gritty streets of cement-walled factories in the industrial district of Peru's capital. At the railroad tracks, where the asphalt ends, I make my way on foot, past rubble, giant potholes, food leavings, animal waste, foul-tempered mutts, and an occasional drunk. Senora Maravi, 35, a short, robust woman, welcomes me to the four-room, second-floor apartment where she lives with her husband, mother, and four children.

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