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In 1984 a second son, Victor, brought his new wife, Nelly, to live in his parents' home. Eventually, Nelly brought two children from a previous relationship into the household so that they could study in the city. Next to join the household was Santiago, who married the Gonzalezes' daughter Sylvia in 1986. He went into business with Victor selling crabs. Sylvia continued working as a salesclerk after the birth of her first childthe household needed money and Brigita was willing to look after her grandchild.

In Chawama and Commonwealth adults walked to work rather than taking motorized transport. In Angyalföld women changed menus by shifting to poorer-quality or cheaper food. Households strive to maintain their living standards not only by reducing expenditure but also by protecting existing income and by developing strategies around assets that generate important nonmonetary resources. These deliberate choices can cushion households against external shocks. But in the adjustment process there are both winners and losers.

But after the death of her mother-in-law in 1985, Anna and her husband, unable to afford the rent, moved back along with their two children and gradually built a two-story home at the back of the family plot. In 1984 a second son, Victor, brought his new wife, Nelly, to live in his parents' home. Eventually, Nelly brought two children from a previous relationship into the household so that they could study in the city. Next to join the household was Santiago, who married the Gonzalezes' daughter Sylvia in 1986.

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