Express delivery delivery has become an iconic phrase in Venezuela.
And in the days after the Venezuelan government declared an economic crisis in which all deliveries would be free, one woman’s delivery express went viral.
“I am not a cow, but I am a cow,” said a man dressed as a cow named Jesus, standing in front of the bakery in the center of Caracas.
“This is a miracle for the poor people of Venezuela.”
The video went viral in Venezuela, garnering more than 100,000 views on Facebook.
The video was taken by Maria Tintori, a 27-year-old college student, and posted on Facebook by the Bolivarian National Assembly’s website.
“Today is the day when I will deliver my food,” she said.
The woman, who would only give her first name, Maria, said she was working at the bakery for $7.50 an hour, but she also works for a nonprofit that offers low-cost subsidized housing and other services.
Maria said she has been using the bakery to provide affordable housing for families in the area.
“We have some families that cannot afford the rent, but they are here, so we are here,” Maria said.
Maria told ABC News that she has worked in the bakery as a dishwasher, a maid and a driver.
She said she’s always willing to give up her day job to help the poor.
“My job is not for me,” she told ABC.
“It’s for others.”
“I do not like the way my life is going,” she added.
“They have to pay for my food, they have to buy my clothes, they cannot have my clothes.
It’s not right.”
The bakery is owned by a group of workers called El Caracazo, which translates to “little people,” and Maria said it is a safe place for the workers.
“The owners are the workers,” Maria told The Associated Press.
“And they are giving us all the basics.
They’re getting all the money we need.”
Maria said that during the crisis, there were shortages of basic goods like bread, butter, flour and milk.
Maria also said that in the past two years, she has had to work longer hours, including during the night when she could not sleep.
Maria says that in addition to the costs of providing basic necessities, she also has been forced to leave her home to work at the store.
She has been out of the country for almost a month, and she has not been able to afford to go back.
“There are no jobs for me.
I am homeless,” Maria explained.
“Because of my work, I can’t work, because I have to earn money for my children.”
“What is wrong with us?”
Maria said, adding that she and her family have been forced by the Venezuelan authorities to work long hours in order to pay the rent.
“You are working long hours, you have no pay, and you don’t have a way to pay your bills.”
Maria told the AP that she doesn’t think the government has done enough to help people during this time of crisis.
“What are they doing?” she asked.
“Do they have a plan?
Are they taking steps to help?”
Maria also told ABC that the bakery is a symbol of Venezuela’s suffering.
“When you look at what’s happening, this is what happens to Venezuela.
When they want to give you money, you give them your money, when they want you to work, you work,” she explained.
The bakery was built in 2009 by a small family.
“Now, I am working in a different bakery,” Maria added.