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June 17, 2012 9:00 PM

Women strive to build a place in Brazil’s construction industry

When 19-year-old Paloma Cristina Terra's boyfriend, Felipe, left her, she was terrified. Five months pregnant at the time, she had no idea how she'd support herself. Like many young women from Rio de Janeiro's poorest slums, she'd dropped out of school in sixth grade and never held a job.

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