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Люди справи 09:23 29 Mar 2021

Invisible Titans. What it's like to be a yard-keeper

They deign the dirtiest work; they get up at dawn–even before other citizens wake up–and are forced to dig in the trash. It's about the yard-keepers. They're not always paid attention to, but they quietly do their work to make our streets cleaner.

How do people become yard-keepers? How much do they earn for hard work? And what are the rules of work? Read this material. Halyna Rakhmanova and Tetiana Chupryna told us their stories. They've been guarding the streets of Dnipro for decades.

Photo: Rubryka

Halyna the yard-keeper

6 a.m.: the sun is just warming the frosty air. The front door is knocking in some places; the earliest risers are hurrying to work. Halyna is already booted and spurred to start work, dressed in a yellow vest with a broom in her hands, and a trash can next to her.

Halyna shyly asks not to take close-up photos because she has no teeth. This March morning she's wearing three sweaters and three pairs of trousers. She hurries to get to work because 11-below-zero frost pinches her ruddy cheeks outside. Halyna Rakhmanova is 64 years old, and she's a yard-keeper.

"Now I have 7500 square meters, it's six entrances, the yard is a red line," the communal worker describes her property. They're in one of the Dnipro residential areas.

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