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Low-Wage America: Kendra Johns

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Low-Wage America: Kendra Johns

Low-Wage America: Kendra Johns

Two Jobs, But Nothing But the Basics in Maine

Low-Wage America: Kendra Johns

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Kendra Johns and her two children in Augusta, Me. Noah Adams, NPR hide caption

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Women raising children by themselves — and working full time at low-wage jobs to make that possible — often have a patchwork existence. NPR's Noah Adams recently met 41-year-old Kendra Johns, her 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, who live in the Maine capital of Augusta.

Johns works for a traveling team of photographers who take school photos, and in the off-season she works in a greenhouse.

Money is tight, but she finds opportunities to live well where she can: "I mean, it doesn't have to cost a fortune," Johns tells Adams.