Riza Casarmel – 1985 Riza Casarmel – 2011
  • Riza Casarmel – 1985

  • Riza Casarmel – 2011

Riza Casarmel
Riza Casarmel, 10, spreads fertilizer in a sugar cane field at Hacienda Carmen, near Murcia, Negros Occidental. Her family members are sakadas, itinerant sugar workers. The life of a sakada was made more difficult under Marcos because his cronies exploited workers to keep sugar prices low.
1985
2011
Riza Casarmel holds the youngest of her nine children in a field by her home near Murcia. "Our lives became better during Cory's time-not as hard as before. In many ways, it's just the same as before. If you don't work, then you won't be able to eat."