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Kayayo girls in Ghana live in communal settings that require the least amount of rent, often near or on top of the city dump. Many Kayayo girls carry heavy loads on their heads and work with babies strapped to their backs. They work six days a week, and on Sunday they tend to daily chores such as laundry, cooking and cleaning. “Everyone is struggling so we can’t help each other,” said Sharifa Montaro, 23, center.

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