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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
24 Jan 2013

Cerro Lunar: Vanesa Canesa is photographed with her daughter Ana Paula in front of their little house, made with stones and "calamina" (metal layer), in Cerro Lunar, Ananea, Peru. Vanesa is a miner's wife and she used to support her husband working on "Pallaqueo" (collecting stones thrown from the mines looking for gold) and now she quit due to health reasons.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
23 Jan 2013

Left to right, Lucy Callpacruz and Norma Quispe (with her two children Eduardo Cristian and Chantal Ochoqui), both miner's wives, are pictured in their little house made with "calamina" (metal layer) in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru. Lucy has nine children and she is from Putina. From time to time, Lucy and Norma support their husbands working as "Pallaqueos" (selecting stones from the mine dumps looking for gold).

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
16 Jan 2013

Former miner Filomeno Quispe (35 years old) working at his bakery and also his family bedroom in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru.

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La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
12 Jan 2013

Former miner Filomeno Quispe (35 years old) working at his bakery in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru. Quispe had no academic education and before coming to La Rinconada in 2004, he used to work in many different jobs (taxi driver, baker, builder...). During his first years working at the mines, he used to spend all money in alcohol and prostitutes, until his wife Ruth showed up with their two children. For health reasons (he has not enough oxygen in his blood), he has to leave the mines and joined her wife in her business. They currently run a grocery, a bakery and a small stand of juices in the main square.