Paid work: street stalls (Mexico)

Paid work: street stalls (Mexico)
1801-1850. Food seller (Mexico) © Museo de América 

Paid work: street stalls (Mexico)

The sale of small quantities of cooked food was an important way for women all over the world to obtain economic resources. Women sold their wares at local markets and at strategic busy transit points. At present in Latin America and other countries with similar rural migration rates, there is an increase in the sale of food on city streets, in spite of occasional attempts to ban it.

Many migrants who arrive are unemployed or, if they have work, have to travel long distances from homes in the outskirts of the city. This has meant that a parallel, informal economy has appeared which includes selling food on the street, and which many unemployed men have joined. Nevertheless, woman make up over half the number of street food stall holders in South America.