Mireille, 41, runs a hair braiding salon in New York City. She came to the US from Gabon, West Africa eight years ago, in 2005, and now lives and works in the Bronx. She has raised a large family here, and achieved much, but her life is also marked by the constant struggle for a regular income. Hair braiding is an expensive procedure. Clients on average pay between $120-150 but a session can take many hours, while work itself is very irregular. Mireille's young children often hang out in the store after school, and end up playing with everything they can get their hands on in the salon. At the end of a long day, Mireille, a mother of five, closes shop and looks forward to joining her husband and children at home.