Before this pandemic hit, life was still difficult. I had to work all the time to meet my debt and keep on paying for my home and everything. I was doing house cleaning during the week, and I worked as an administrator in a carpentry company on the weekends. I would do all kinds of odd jobs to complement whatever I needed to pay my rent.
My son was graduating, so I also had to make sure that I could pay for his college on top of my rent, utilities, and food. I worked 40 to 50 hours per week, which depended on what jobs I got and on whoever called that week. Sometimes I made $400 in a week, but a lot of times it was less than that.
When the pandemic hit, my employers texted or called me to tell me, “Do not come right now.” They said that they were afraid and that they didn’t want me to come over because of everything that was happening, and that they were going to be staying home. No one paid me for those cancellations.
I’ve lost all of my work. It’s been really stressful and difficult, and there is a lot of uncertainty. There’s still no pardon for rent or utilities, and there’s no jobs available. It’s hard as a domestic worker and as someone who doesn’t have documents because you have nothing to actually fall back on. I have very little credit on my only credit card. I can’t borrow from my friends, and there’s nobody who can loan you money. There is just no recourse.