‘My dog Princesa works, too’

A 73-year-old and his cocker spaniel find ‘life’ earning a living on Lima’s streets.

An illustration of a person on a scooter riding in the middle of the street with buildings on either side and a dog on the left of the man and a cart with sweets in it on the right side of the man.
[Jawahir Al-Naimi and Muaz Kory/Al Jazeera]
[Jawahir Al-Naimi and Muaz Kory/Al Jazeera]

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Name: Fernando del Águila

Age: 73

Occupation: Street vendor

Lives with: His partner Carmen (49), daughter Fabiola (34), son Emanuel (24), and the family’s four cocker spaniels.

Lives in: A three-bedroom apartment in Caja de Agua, a low-income neighbourhood in San Juan de Lurigancho, the most populous district in Peru’s capital city, Lima. The sector is home to more than a million residents living in low- and medium-income areas as well as several sprawling hillside slums.

Fernando’s monthly income: 900-1,200 soles ($241-$321). The median monthly income for an individual working in the formal economy in Metropolitan Lima is 1,700 soles ($455).

Total expenses for the month: The family of four splits essential monthly expenses, including groceries, gas, electricity and water, which amount to 2,255 soles ($604) per month. Fernando’s portion is 564 soles ($151).

Source: Al Jazeera