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Among Guadalajara's Poor, One Woman Is Dedicated to Creating Second Chances

Al Jazeera
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December 25, 2014

Witness Mexico's crossroads (Al Jazeera)

In Guadalajara, Mexico, there are very few prospects for the poor, especially those with young children. If you go through the city you will often find young mothers working at the city's busy crossroads, washing windscreens for a few pesos and huddling on the streets with their small children at night.

There are limited options to find stability and opportunity in a country where millions of people face poverty and see life on the street as the only way to survive.

Otilia Arellano has spent most of her 50 years living on these streets. But today she is building a different way to live. She is the leader of a self-sustaining group home where the otherwise homeless and destitute of Mexico's second largest city pool their meagre resources and their shared dreams to make a new life and build a new "family".

In Mexico's Crossroads, we explore the day-to-day life inside this unique group home as the residents struggle to support themselves.

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