This is 21-year-old Gabriela Elizabeth Moncada Amador

This is 21-year-old Gabriela Elizabeth Moncada Amador. She helps her mother with the family business, Pulpería El Mirador. The store is located in Colonia Lomas and, on the day I interviewed her, business appeared to be slow.

“Working here in this pulpería is an arduous job — we open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 at night,” Amador told me. “There’s four of us (children), but I’m the only one who helps because I’m the eldest. The others are too young.”

I found that a lot in my reporting on Bodega Stories here in Honduras. Many older children help their parents in managing the business. It’s important to have your dreams, but it’s also a family affair to move forward in life. Amador, who when she’s not working at her mother’s pulpería is studying, said she hopes to one day be her own boss.

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– Amaris Castillo