Lula grew up in deep poverty within the arid northeastern state of Pernambuco, the seventh of eight youngsters born to an illiterate farming household. On the age of seven, his household joined the wave of immigration to São Paulo, the guts of the trade. Lula labored as a shoe shiner and peanut salesman earlier than changing into a metalworker on the age of 14. He misplaced his finger in a piece accident within the Nineteen Sixties. He rose shortly to go his union and led main strikes within the Nineteen Seventies that challenged the then army dictatorship. In 1980, he based the Labor Celebration 9 years later. Lula misplaced three elections from 1989 to 1998, ultimately succeeding in back-to-back elections in 2002 and 4 years later. This final election was his sixth marketing campaign. The daddy of 5 youngsters, who misplaced each of his wives, Lula himself additionally recovered from throat most cancers. He most not too long ago misplaced his spouse of forty years, Marisa Leticia Rocco, who suffered a stroke in 2017. Lula lives with sociologist and activist Rosangela “Janja” da Silva, whom he married in Could.