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Yira M

Yira M

"It’s  hard to take care of all three of my children. I've got my mom, and she helps me. I've got my sister but it's the same thing... she tries to help but can only do so much. Right now I'm trying to move on and have my own place so that I don't have to rely so much on them."

When Yira joined Witnesses to Hunger in 2008, she was twenty-two and the mother of three children. She was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Philadelphia with her parents and siblings when she was eight years old.  She was living with relatives in a crowded home – ten people squeezed into three bedrooms—because the house she’d been living in burned down and she hasn’t yet been able to move to another. Yira cannot work because of a disability.

Yira is able to support her children with the disability payments she receives, as well as welfare and food stamps. She wants the best for her children, but struggles to provide for them on her limited income. If it weren’t for the help of her mother and sisters she doesn’t know how she would make it.


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