In the bright expansive upper level dining area of her Providência restaurant, Pensão Sabor de Ana, Ana Maria dos Santos, 50, explains the mixed fortunes of her business since the community, which celebrates 115 years this month, received the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) and public-private works started in 2010.

Originally from the Northeastern state of Pernambuco, Ana Maria came to live with her mother in Providência, Rio de Janeiro aged 15. She describes how she had many different jobs including bank teller, maid and elderly care assistant but in middle age it became more difficult to find work so she started selling takeaway More >