This town lives from illegal mining, so the inhabitants not only have to work in extreme physical and natural conditions, but also in very precarious labor and social conditions. Without employment contracts, social benefits, drinking water, drainage, or waste management, this human settlement survives only thanks to the lust for a lucky break as a way out of extreme poverty.
The families that live in this place not only have to endure the violence of nature, it also prevails in La Rinconada. In this "white hell" as some people call it, women are relegated and subjugated, the miners think that they attract bad luck and condemn them to work not only at home but also outdoors looking for gold from mining waste.
In this town the police are scarce and assaults and murders are common. If a person dies in this white wasteland and no one claims his body, he will be just another stranger who came like the others in search of a dream.
The Oro et labora project portrays life in one of the most inhospitable places to live on the planet and is also a window into the daily life of people who risk their lives every day trying to change their luck.