BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Six men and women rise from worn, flattened mattresses as the first hint of dawn stretches over a Colombian neighborhood known as “Little Mene Grande,” named after the warm, Venezuelan city where so many recent arrivals are from.

The women do their makeup in front of a mirror hanging from the security bars inside a window. One wraps her 4-month-old daughter in a fuzzy yellow blanket. The men don jackets and baseball caps.

Bogota is cold compared to their Venezuelan hometown and their day will be long. The task: Sell 54 mangos at less than a dollar each in hopes of sending a sliver of what they earn to relatives struggling even more back home.

In this June 9, 2017 photo, Venezuelans Jesus Barrios and Wilson Bernadette park their cart at a busy intersection to sell mangoes, in Bogota, Colombia. Fernando Vergara / AP

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“I never imagined living like this,” says Genensis Montilla, 26, a nurse and single mother who left her three children with their grandmother.