Maria’s Dream

Maria Frias, 29, shares her dream. AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Maria Frias, 29, shares her dream.
AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Maria Frias doesn’t want to work for anyone but herself. As she sat outside Orlando Latin Market on a bright October afternoon, she shared her dream of establishing her own cleaning business someday.

“Here, to work for someone else is like slavery,” the 29-year-old said, her voice in a sharp, matter-of-fact tone. “The truth is, working for someone else… it’s a very difficult thing, to feel humiliated when you do the work and the person still isn’t happy with you.”

In 2005, Frias left her hometown of Los Mina, Dominican Republic, for the U.S. Since then, she said she’s worked as a waitress and dishwasher at restaurants and hotels. She’s also cleaned houses.

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