In this city of 6 million, the economic differences among its people are vast—one-fifth of the population lives in the slums. "Rio is a city of economic contrast because we have the poor living just together with the rich ones and the middle classes," Aline says.

Most people who own homes pay for them in cash. "I don't know anyone here who has mortgages," she says. "I know a lot of people that rent when you can't afford to buy."

Aline owns a unit in a high-rise building. Her kids have their own bedrooms and share a bathroom. Aline and her husband share the master bath, which is filled with her beauty products. "Like every woman, I love to have shampoos and creams and perfumes," she says. "[It's] typical for women to have thousands of shampoos."

Regardless of economic status, family and faith are very important to Brazilians. Children often live at home well after they've finished college—and they think the family that prays together, stays together. "We are very keen on praying every day, so we teach [our children] when they are very young," Aline says.


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