Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Ecuador. Johanna´s work is focused on social justice, human rights, and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and member of...
María Teresa Caicedo (23) poses for a portrait ar her home while she feeding her daughter Noa (3-month). She is one of the three communitarian teachers of Playa de Oro school. María is in the ultimate grade of her Social Work career at Esmeraldas University. She is the first woman in her family who is in the University. She back to Playa de Oro when the COVID-19 pandemic started in Ecuador. After that, she started a communitarian education project when she was pregnant but still, her condition she worked every day from 8 am to 12 pm teaching at school for a minimum salary of $150,00. "We compromised ourselves because of the love that we have for the community. I want to improve the education for my daughter" María Teresa (23).
Katherine Pupiles (20) poses for a portrait into her bedroom. She is a communitarian teacher and physiology student at Quito University. She back to the San Clemente community when the COVID-19 pandemic began. She is one of the five youth indigenous that opened a communitarian education space into the school. As a physiology student, her motivation is to help the children grow up in a healthy environment. "They made me feel good with them, they transmit me beautiful happiness, it is not possible explained it in words, they make me feel good, their energy is contagious. I wanted to be with them again" . April 2, 2021. San Clemente. Johis Alarcón.
"Tati" is posing for photos of her baby shower. She is a young woman who has her boyfriend in a maximum-security prison with a 25-year sentence. She will be a mom in a few weeks. Still pregnant, she always is going to the visits of her husband in a far jail outside of the city. She arms that she´ll be waiting for her boyfriend's freedom. She has only 18 years old. Quito, 2019. Johis Alarcón