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Marilu (47) collects mococho (also called cochayuyo) seaweed in Pacasmayo, Peru. Mococho is used for Per's traditional ceviche and also for medicine.
Marilu doesn't have a mask that would help to see underwater, so she just covers herself from the sun and goes into the water to collect seaweed gropingly. She spends 2-3 hours in the water everyday over 15 years to later sell the seaweed and support her family with three children.