In the third episode of Hard Earned, we join Emilia Stancati, a 50-year-old who has worked as a waitress for most of her life, as she searches for a better-paying job.
A surprise on the housing front leads clerical worker and Iraq war veteran Jose Merino to think about his future with his girlfriend Elizabeth Bonta in a new light. We follow them as Jose and 27-year-old high school counselor Elizabeth prepare for marriage. After spending more than anticipated on Elizabeth’s engagement ring, they are not sure if they can afford a wedding reception.
As we follow our characters’ hardship and occasional good fortune in Hard Earned, we see how these couples and families are proud and determined to make it on their own to secure a better more stable future.