Ms. Teresa Diaz is from Iquitos, a touristic city in the eastern jungle of Peru. Twelve years ago, Ms. Teresa came to Lima, together with her four children, looking for opportunities. In 2003 she started to work as a Datera on the corner of Jorge Bassadre Ave. and Javier Prado Ave. in the district of San Isidro, Lima. Her job is to register the times at which the buses cross her point. The Dateros sell this information to the co-pilots of the buses, and they use it to determine their schedules.
Her point is not a good one because the movement of buses is not so intense as it is at other points, but for her it is okay because she has to work and also take care of her daughter, Isabel, who is 8 year old, and is with her in the street as she is working.
Ms. Teresa explained me that, in the district of San Isidro, the Dateros are organized. The police already recognize them, and now they are trying to get official recognition before the city. If they became recognized by the city, they would get more rights and protections.
The journey of Ms. Teresa is very long. She controls the buses movements from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It means working 14.5 hours a day. She is in charge of four lines of buses, totaling around 450 buses a day, and receives $0.05 per bus. Working 6 days a week she makes around $500.00 per month. This is the total income of her and her four children.
Photo and post by Sebastiao Ferreira. This post is number 4.5 of 52 in Sebastiao’s 52-week photo journal.