At 43, Martina Chilavert has an ID card for the first time. What it means to finally have an identity, to be reflected in an official document and to be able to exist legally. Mother of 7 and grandmother of 3, she is a farmer and producer of peanuts, corn and lemon verbena in Santa Rosa del Aguaray, department of San Pedro, 260 km from the capital of Paraguay, in a rural area called La Preferida. When she was a girl, her parents lost her birth certificate, so they were never able to request for her identity card. "I am happy to have an ID card because it is too difficult to live without documents," Martina said.
Assignment for Unicef Paraguay.