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32 minutes agoAuthor: Ernesto Londonao
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Joyce Fernandes of Brazil used to read books while cleaning the book shelf.
Joyce Fernandes was the third generation maid of her family. She used to take care of housekeeping and cleaning in an apartment. Joyce used to clean the book-shelf for hours. Meanwhile, Joyce saw a book called ‘Olga: Revolutionary and Martyr’ which she started reading.
Joyce read that book only after the owner had gone out. He feared that if the owner saw him growing the book, he would be fired. But one day his master read the book. He called and praised Joyce. Then inspired to read books. Joyce began reading books.
Enrolled in college and in 2012 he earned a degree. Joyce then wrote a book on the lives of maids, which became a topic of discussion in Brazil. Joyce hosted some programs on TV. Here he spoke on issues such as maids and racism. Then raised his voice through art and became a rapper. At the same time, Joyce Fernandes has become a Brazilian star. People known her as Prata Rara i.e. the unique black woman.
The landlord used to give only the remaining food
35-year-old Jais says- ‘In the houses where she worked as a maid, only the remaining food was given to her to eat. The use of the bathroom was also banned. Used to enter the house by washing feet. Torture was done in case of loss. It was not just his story, but it was mostly the condition of the meds. However, it was a privilege to meet a generous owner at that time.