- Lina while in her 20’s, had trouble providing for her kids with the meager income she earned as a maid, so she left her kids with her mom and sought out work in the mines. She proved herself to be tough enough to enter the pits and worked side by side with the men. She proudly told us that her earnings put her kids through school and provided enough to purchase some land and a house in the city. She was recently drawn back to the mines by the money and tranquility. When we met her, she was working as a cook.