It’s been a rough year for Andreza Souza’s home-based clothing business. She had to stretch her finances to make the trip from the Amazonian city of Belem to Rio de Janeiro, paying for a plane ticket on an installment plan.
But as the sun set over Copacabana beach, and drummers roused thousands of costumed revelers at one of this year’s first Carnival parties, the last thing on the 21-year old’s mind were her financial woes.
“It's absolutely worth it to be here, dance and enjoy the festivities with my family,” Souza said, as friends flirted on the sand.
“Of course, the bill comes later,” she laughed.