Even before the pandemic, Elena found that financially supporting her family was a delicate balance. She worked a mix of odd jobs, often paid off the books, that left her with little to spare. That balance tipped into disaster in March, when Italy’s economy shut down in March to rein in the virus’ spread. For months, Elena had no income. She watched her bills stack up and struggled to pay for her weekly food shopping. The future looked bleak and uncertain.

 

 

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