Some beautiful photos!
One thing we noticed about the poverty in the RP is that it can seem overwhelming, but it isn't entirely that they are so poor, it's that they are happy with what they have. They work enough to take care of their family and aren't going to spend hours a day away from their family just to afford a nicer house, another car, etc. It's really more complex.
Wow, that food looks great!
Yes! I found it to be quite helpful.
Hope you make it!