“My neighbour has won a medal at the Olympics,” said Eliane Dos Santos as she walked in with a cake for the volunteers whose house she had come to clean for the day.
She was talking about Rafaela Silva, who won the 57 kg women’s judo gold. Eliane, is one of the thousands who aren’t directly involved in the Olympics but are affected by it all the same.
Thousands of volunteers flocking to Rio has meant that many flats that usually go empty have been rented by guests and people like Eliane have found extra work, thanks to the Games. While the volunteers are happy to come back to a clean home, Eliane is happy making $150 (about Rs 3,000) per day for this kind of un-contracted work.
Eliane lives in the notorious Cidade de Deus (City of Gods) favela. The same favela, which has led to the famous movie by the same name, is also home to Brazil’s first Olympic gold medalist in judo, Rafaela Silva.