EFEBy Genesis Carrero Soto Caracas

Marian's three children look out the window toward Petare, Venezuela's largest shantytown, in hopes their father will bring some food home to their empty kitchen.

Meanwhile, in an affluent area on the other side of Caracas, David and Ricardo are planning to open two more locations of a fast-food business they started after the onset of the pandemic.

Those disparate fortunes underscore the stark inequality that persists in leftist-led Venezuela, a country whose economy has begun to rebound from a years-long crisis triggered in part by harsh US-imposed sanctions on its lifeblood oil industry.

"We don't all have the same luck," Marian said of her family's hardships over the past three years.

She said the current situation favors those who receive remittances from abroad, have property to rent or simply possess the means to buy and sell products.