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Dear Customer,Thank you for using our forum. My name is ***** ***** I hope to assist you today.
I am very sorry to learn of this situation.
I would speculate that this individual learned that you are not a licensed contractor (I am speculating - you said that you are undocumented, but you did not say whether or not you hold a contractor's license).
If you are not a licensed contractor, you cannot enforce a contract for "home improvement" (which covers most repairs to existing homes and surroundings).
If this is the case - I would suspect that this person took advantage of the situation.
If you are in fact a licensed contractor, you can sue her for breach of contract in small claims court (oral contracts are enforceable) and recover the money owed to you.