Since he was laid off from a São Paulo auto repair shop in March, mechanic Edson Santana has struggled to find a job. His fiancée, Jessica Andrade, has been unable to work for weeks because of lingering fatigue and shortness of breath after a case of COVID-19.
But they're pulling through with each receiving a pandemic emergency stipend of $109 per month. "We've been able to manage, and I have been able to take care of her," Santana, 38, says.
He says they have Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to thank: "He's helping the neediest people. It's the right thing to do."