Monday, August 19, 2013

All In A Day's Work

In Western worldview, it's common to think that impoverished people are lazy or unintelligent.

We say, "C'mon, pick yourself up by your bootstraps and get a job!"

Not everyone is born with boots.

Do you want to meet an entrepreneurial genius?

Meet the man or woman feeding their family on less than $2 a day. After looking at different sources online, I found that $370-380 is the average annual income in Ethiopia. That is about $1.04 a day. Here are approximations on what you can buy if you had $1.25 (countryside prices, slightly cheaper than city life).

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So, that could buy these bananas...

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Or a dozen eggs

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Or another Ethiopian staple, coffee beans to roast.

 Just a bit to think about as I eat and prepare my family's meals today. 

 

3 comments:

Shari Fiechter said...

Wow! Thanks for that perspective. It is incredibly humbling as I think about the variety of foods we eat each day. Or the fact that I complain about a grocery being out of a certain food item that was in the weekly ad. It makes me realize how entitled I feel about things rather than being incredibly thankful for them. So humbling...

Klint & Sarah said...

WOWzers! I love how you said not everyone was born with boots.

Thanks for sharing!

J and A said...

Thanks for the fresh perspective. It makes me a little more grateful to no longer take for granted the age-old question of "what's for dinner?"!