When she is living on the brink of poverty, she does not have the luxury of being a stay-at-home mother. And neither can she afford child-care facilities for her children. If she don't have a helpful relative or an older child, she is often left with little choice but to bring her child to work.
Her children learn early to amuse themselves. They are far more independent than a child leading a more sheltered life. Early in life they learn to add and subtract, and get the better of a long bargain.
But do they ever attain their full potential?