Rosali Mosende has spent all of her 18 years growing up on Paterno Street in Manila’s Quiapo district. It has been a life of hard knocks. Her family has no house, just a lean-to on the sidewalk. A high school student, she studies her lessons at night under the streetlight or by candlelight. She gets up early in the morning to take a bath on the street. Before going to school, she helps her mother sell candies, cigarettes, snacks and religious items on the sidewalk.
To help her mother earn money for the family, Rosali works for other vendors on Carriedo and R. Hidalgo streets on weekends and on days when she has no classes. But she finds time to serve on the Sangguniang Kabataan of her village where she is an elected kagawad.
Rosali tends to her mother’s stall on Paterno Street in Quiapo, Manila.
TICKET OUT OF POVERTY Rosali (above, middle) with other graduates at Manila High School on March 29.