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Living the Peruvian dream - 12 June 2014
A number of residents in Gosen City, a slum that grew up near a garbage dump on the outskirts of Lima, have seen their lives improve as parts of Peru feel the effects of years of economic growth. Peru's President Ollanta Humala has pledged to cut poverty to 15 percent by the end of his term in July 2016. He is still a long way from his goal, but the poverty rate is coming down, falling just under two percentage points to 23.9 percent in 2013 from the prior year.
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June 12, 2014
Honorata Huaman poses with cakes and soy juice which she sells in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria...
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Honorata Huaman poses with cakes and soy juice which she sells in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria...
Honorata Huaman poses with cakes and soy juice which she sells in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima, April 10, 2014. Huaman makes a living selling cakes, and uses most of her profits to help poor children in the neighbourhood. A number of residents in Gosen City, a slum that grew up near a garbage dump on the outskirts of Lima, have seen their lives improve as parts of Peru feel the effects of years of economic growth. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Franz Moreno poses for a photograph as he carries lumber to build a third storey on his mother's house...
Lima, Peru
Franz Moreno poses for a photograph as he carries lumber to build a third storey on his mother's house...
Franz Moreno poses for a photograph as he carries lumber to build a third storey on his mother's house in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima, April 10, 2014. Moreno works in construction and renovation. He lived for a while in Chile, but returned to Peru as the economy improved. A number of residents in Gosen City, a slum that grew up near a garbage dump on the outskirts of Lima, have seen their lives improve as parts of Peru feel the effects of years of economic growth. Peru's President Ollanta Humala has pledged to cut poverty to 15 percent by the end of his term in July 2016. He is still a long way from his goal, but the poverty rate is coming down, falling just under two percentage points to 23.9 percent in 2013 from the prior year. Picture taken April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY POVERTY EMPLOYMENT)

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Carpenter Antonio Abad poses in his workshop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Lima, Peru
Carpenter Antonio Abad poses in his workshop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Carpenter Antonio Abad poses in his workshop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 18, 2014. Abad arrived in Gosen City in 1995 when it was just a settlement, and helped his neighbours build their homes. He now has a factory that manufactures windows, doors and furniture. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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June 12, 2014
Teodora Martinez poses in her grocery shop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
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Teodora Martinez poses in her grocery shop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Teodora Martinez poses in her grocery shop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 21, 2014. Martinez was one of the original founders of the market after emigrating from the highland city of Huancayo. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Margarita Perez poses in her fish stand in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
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Teodora Martinez poses in her grocery shop in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Margarita Perez poses in her fish stand in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 21, 2014. Perez is a single mother who supports her two children by selling fresh fish. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Irma Huaman poses for a photo in her grocery store in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Lima, Peru
Irma Huaman poses for a photo in her grocery store in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Irma Huaman poses for a photo in her grocery store in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 18, 2014. Huaman arrived in Gosen City 12 years ago when it was just a settlement. She initially worked as a street vendor, until she acquired a loan to build her own store. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Lucia Liaza, 50, poses at her market stall where she sells food and spices in Gosen City, a slum in the...
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Lucia Liaza poses at her market stall where she sells food and spices in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa...
Lucia Liaza, 50, poses at her market stall where she sells food and spices in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima April 10, 2014. Liaza came from the violence-torn city of Ayacucho 20 years ago. She says that just recently has she been able to afford a few luxuries that she couldn't previously. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Maria del Pilar Condorcule poses in her organic garden in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Lima, Peru
Maria del Pilar Condorcule poses in her organic garden in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Maria del Pilar Condorcule poses in her organic garden in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 19, 2014. Condorcule reclaimed the land for her garden from a garbage dump and is now planting vegetables with her neighbours. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Fabiola Tuesta, 54, poses in her beauty salon in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
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Fabiola Tuesta poses in her beauty salon in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Fabiola Tuesta, 54, poses in her beauty salon in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima April 10, 2014. Tuesta said that not long ago nobody in Gosen had money to spend on luxuries like hair styling. Now she charges the equivalent of $1.79 for a cut and is the only hairdresser in the neighbourhood. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Dorila Gallardo poses in front of her new home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Lima, Peru
Dorila Gallardo poses in front of her new home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
Dorila Gallardo poses in front of her new home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima April 10, 2014. Gallardo recently managed to build her home after more than 20 years of washing laundry during the day and selling sweets and cigarettes at night. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Victoria Ochante, 67, poses in front of her new home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
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Victoria Ochante poses in front of her new home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Victoria Ochante, 67, poses in front of her new home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima April 10, 2014. Until two years ago Ochante was a garbage picker, combing Lima's trash for items to sell to recyclers. Now with her savings and her daughter's help she retired and spends her time taking care of her grandchildren. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Graciela Guzman (R) and her daughter Maria pose in front of their home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa...
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Graciela Guzman and her daughter Maria pose in front of their home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa...
Graciela Guzman (R) and her daughter Maria pose in front of their home in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima April 10, 2014. Guzman was one of the founders of Gosen City more than 12 years ago, and managed to build her own home in 2009. Her daughter Maria studies graphic design in Lima. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Roberto Taboada poses in front of his new house (L), next to the old one (R), in Gosen City, a slum in...
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Roberto Taboada poses in front of his new house in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Roberto Taboada poses in front of his new house (L), next to the old one (R), in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 20, 2014. Taboada has lived for years in Gosen but recently saved enough from working odd jobs as a handyman to build a solid home. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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Sandra Neyra poses for a photo outside her house in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
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Sandra Neyra poses for a photo outside her house in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo...
Sandra Neyra poses for a photo outside her house in Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima March 19, 2014. Neyra and her husband, who works in construction, recently managed to save enough to paint their own home. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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A view of the marketplace and homes of Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
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A view of the marketplace and homes of Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality...
A view of the marketplace and homes of Gosen City, a slum in the Villa Maria del Triunfo municipality on the outskirts of Lima, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
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