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Vicky Alvarez, who fled violence in Colombia and came to the UK seeking refuge, first arrived in London with few other work opportunities besides being a cleaner or nanny. But when she took out a loan, and set up her first small business at Seven Sisters Indoor Market, she suddenly found herself with a way to both earn a living and simultaneously take care of her daughter--a rare opportunity for a working, single mother, much less a Latina immigrant working mother, in London. Recently the local Haringey Council issued a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which demands that traders vacate the property, which has been marked for redevelopment. Alvarez has been fighting for fair compensation from the developers for more than a decade.

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Vicky Alvarez, who fled violence in Colombia and came to the UK seeking refuge, first arrived in London with few other work opportunities besides being a cleaner or nanny. But when she took out a loan, and set up her first small business at Seven Sisters Indoor Market, she suddenly found herself with a way to both earn a living and simultaneously take care of her daughter--a rare opportunity for a working, single mother, much less a Latina immigrant working mother, in London. Recently the local Haringey Council issued a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which demands that traders vacate the property, which has been marked for redevelopment. Alvarez has been fighting for fair compensation from the developers for more than a decade.