Activists believe Black business owners in the peripheries are not being treated fairly amid the coronavirus pandemic [Ana Naomi de Sousa/Al Jazeera]

For Sandra Pina, opening a kiosk snack-bar in Lisbon was a dream come true.

“When I came to Portugal, I worked selling food in the street, come rain or shine, before eventually becoming a market vendor … But to have my own business is more than I could ever have imagined,” she told Al Jazeera.

Brightly painted, spotlessly clean, and selling homemade cakes and deep-fried Cape Verdean pastries alongside beers and coffees, Doces da Sandra (Sandra’s Sweets) serves customers in Casal da Boba, a neighbourhood in the suburbs of Lisbon.

Pina opened shop in August this year when Portugal’s COVID-19 infection

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