Sarai had been covertly transferred hours away from a coastal city in Costa Rica to the small city near our mission post to protect her from her violent husband. Her husband has since been sentenced to fifty years in prison on accounts of domestic violence. They had been married for 15 years and had six kids together. Sarai lost everything and had to start over. Luckily, her life was transferred near an uncle of hers who happened to live by a popular tourist town, and she was able to find a job.
Sadly, even though Sarai found what many would consider a prestigious job as a high-end chef at a FIVE-star hotel, she is only making 1200 colones per hour, which is equivalent to about $2.00 an hour. With the cost of living in said tourist town, being paid this much is barely enough for her to live on if she lived alone. As it stands, she needs to pay bills and feed her family of eight (her mother has moved in with her as well), who all live in a small one-bedroom apartment, with a total of three beds for all of them to share, and no outside space for them to play except a skinny sidewalk leading to the street. Can you imagine? Eight people, including your mother, sharing three beds?