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A woman walk along a path in the Ciudad Bolivar area, south of Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Across Latin America, the COVID-19 crisis has yielded a rare bright spot: Millions of people who were long excluded from traditional banking have joined the financial system using digital banking services. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pandemic draws more Latin American poor into banking system

Nov. 13, 2020 9:27 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Sonia Fierro has lived her entire adult life selling children’s books on the streets of Colombia’s capital, earning wages that barely cover her living expenses, let alone the monthly fees that come with a bank account. When the pandemic left her short on cash, she...

Marlene Alfonso, a 69-year-old Venezuelan grandmother who goes by “Toothless Cindy,” sings about Venezuelan migrants' lives in hopes of tips from commuters on the Transmilenio, the crowded and crime-ridden public bus system in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. “I’m showing people how to not feel defeated,” Alfonso said after finishing a set of songs. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

"Toothless Cindy" raps on Colombian buses to make ends meet

Nov. 4, 2020 12:38 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With her pink cardigan and thick glasses, “Toothless Cindy” is becoming a musical sensation on Colombian public transport. When the music starts blasting from her portable speaker, the 69-year-old turns into a prolific rapper, whose rhymes crack up commuters on the...

Colombian Dr. Camilo Rodriguez speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Rodríguez said he arrives to work in one uniform and changes into another when he treats COVID-19 patients. He lost a close friend and mentor to the virus and fears spreading it to his family. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia reaches 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Oct. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, becoming the second country in Latin America to report that number in less than a week. The nation of 50 million saw cases peak in August and has seen a decline since but still continues to register around 8,000 new...

Event organizers Jamer Gonzalez and his wife Angela Camargo speak in their business' ballroom, which they moved into recently in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. After months of having their business closed due to social distancing rules and regulations prohibiting the operation of restaurants and dance halls due to new coronavirus pandemic, the economic burden for this family has meant that they had to leave their home and move into the ballroom because they can no longer afford to maintain both. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Pandemic forces Colombia family to live in banquet hall

Oct. 13, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jamer Gonzalez used to organize about nine weddings, birthday parties or company lunches each month at his banquet hall in a working class district of Colombia's capital, earning enough to live comfortably and send his two eldest daughters to college. Now, after months of pandemic...