When Fernando Lugo took presidential power in Paraguay two years ago, ending 60 years of rule by the right-wing Colorados party, he promised to help the underprivileged and deprived.

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When Fernando Lugo took presidential power in Paraguay two years ago, ending 60 years of rule by the right-wing Colorados party, he promised to help the underprivileged and deprived. But continually low salaries, weak health coverage and scarce state aid shows little has changed. Finally though, there are signs that the new government is cleaning up its act – starting with the country’s many empleadas domésticas, or household cleaners.

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