Jonathan – the boy from the waste dump ::: Chone / Ecuador 2008

Together with his mother Elda and his 7-year-old sister Yilda, 13-year-old Jonathan lives on the waste dump of Chone. Chone is a small city in the province of Manabí, which is located in Western Ecuador, alongside the central part of the Pacific Coast. Waste picker families don’t usually live directly on the waste dumps – in the case of Jonathan and his family the reason is that, for 20 years now, his mother is paid
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Marco – a boy in Quito ::: Ecuador 2008

14-year-old Marco lives with his mother Anita (38), his brothers Diego (18), Carlos (12) and Abelardo (10) and his sister Marta (8) in La Quitumbre, a quarter in the southern part of Quito. His older sister Ana (19) lives with her boyfriend in a seperate apartment. Typically, La Quitumbre is a place where people leaving rural communities settle down in the city. Normally, it takes years for the municipality to addres
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