São Paulo’s favelas are running out of food. These women are stepping in.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Tatiana Bernardo de Nascimento, 27, holds out her hands so the young couple delivering meals at her door can spray them with sanitizing alcohol. There’s no soap and the taps often run dry in her home in Paraisópolis, a working-class community of more than 100,000 residents that constitutes one of the city’s many favelas, or informal settlement neighborhoods.

Nascimento’s husband lost his job as a welder at the end of March, just before São Paulo was put under quarantine in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The couple, their three small children, and Nascimento’s brother (who lives with them) are now without income.

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By Jill Langlois

Photos by Gui Christ for National Geographic

Originally published online on May 1, 2020.