- Title: Lima gives work permits to Venezuelan migrant street vendors
- Date: 23rd August 2017
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (AUGUST 23, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE IN THE STREETS NEAR THE GAMARRA MARKET IN LIMA'S LA VICTORIA DISTRICT A WOMAN SELLING VENEZUELAN AREPAS IN THE STREET OF THE MARKET VARIOUS OF VENEZUELAN STREET VENDORS IN THE STREETS OF THE MARKET (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN STREET VENDOR, DAVID PATINO, SAYING: "From Piura (city in Peru's northwest) to here, we got hit by mudslides, as you call them. In actuality, they blocked the main road. We had to go back up to the terminal. From the terminal they took us to the airport and then finally here. But it was really easy. We still have issues here, it's a pain in the butt. But hey, what can we do? You have to fight. We went through the crisis in Venezuela, it's still going on. I think it is god testing us." A MAN SELLING VENEZUELAN FOODS IN THE STREET AND A SMALL BOY IMITATING THE MAN VARIOUS OF INFORMAL VENEZUELAN WORKERS SIGNING DOCUMENTS TO REGULARIZE THEIR STATUS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MANAGER FOR INFORMAL BUSINESS FOR LIMA'S LA VICTORIA MUNICIPALITY, MILTON MELGAREJO, SAYING: "They are formalizing the Venezuelan folks here today. There are 126 people, but in reality there are more than 400 of them. But we don't have room for more than 126 people. We've already reached the limit, because informal commerce has already crashed here." VENEZUELAN WOMAN SELLING SWEETS TO SOMEONE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN STREET VENDOR, ELEDI RIVAS, SAYING: "I am here because of the situation in my country, it's no secret what we are going through. I've been here for eight months already and I am really thankful for the opportunity the mayor is giving us, to be legalized and work formally." MORE OF VENEZUELAN STREET VENDORS
- Embargoed: 6th September 2017 22:29
- Keywords: Peru Venezuela workers street vendors
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016VDQF5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A group of Venezuelan migrant workers selling 'arepas' and other traditional foods in the streets of a Lima market were given formal work permits on Wednesday (August 23).
An estimated 400 to 500 Venezuelan street vendors, most of whom fled hardship in their crisis ravaged home country, work informally in the Gamarra market in Lima's La Victoria municipality.
On Wednesday, 126 of them were given one-year work permits so they can legally sell their baked goods to shoppers in the massive outdoor market place. They generally sell items traditional to Venezuela including 'arepas', cooked flour or maize dough stuffed with savoury or sweet fillings, or 'bombas', cream-stuffed pastries.
The market and said it would like to be able to give permits to more workers, but that there currently is not room for them at the market.
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