How to Work and Live in a Country in Chaos

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Life by itself is hard enough to have to deal with money that is useless and education as useful as a pile of ashes. That's the way things are in Venezuela.

Most of the time people have to resort to extra sales or dishonest acts such as the re-sale of basic necessities. Even to the fraud to corruption, and is that a purchasing power of only $4.50 monthly is not surprising that kind of measures. There is no real economic motivation to be working 8 to 12 hours a day, there is no comfort at the time of returning home.

What is it like to work?

The minimum wage in Venezuela is 18,000 BsS, which in dollars equals $4.50 monthly. It is not easy to have to work for such a miserable remuneration, which is why businesses offer salaries above Bs. 100,000 and up to Bs. 200,000 ($33.30 and $66.60 respectively) that still do not do much good.

The economic chaos that plagues the country has meant that there is no national production, raw materials, companies or manufacturing; businesses are forced to get their products out of the country. And all imported products have their price. Venezuela is a country in which it is rare to see that something has been produced in it, everything is imported. They all have a price higher than the standard.

A bread flour (precooked cornmeal) has a value in Spain of €1.50 but in Venezuela when making the respective change the same product has a value of €4.50. More than double what it would cost abroad.

And can you study?

The answer is no. Many young Venezuelans have been trapped in the dark torrent that has devastated the country thanks to its current situation, universities are living in a constant decline. Teachers are often unable to attend, there is not enough staff for the student load or there is no means of transportation for those who do not reside nearby.

For private universities it is complicated, the constant devaluation of the country's currency has an impact on an excessively expensive enrollment, bordering the limits of one million (1,000,000 BsS) which is $ 250. For the average Venezuelan is an impossible amount to pay, so many have to opt for public universities and expose themselves to insecurity, uncertainty and hardship that this entails.

75% of Venezuelan students can not even think about going to university, many after obtaining their bachelor's degree they look for work to be able, at least, to try to survive. And although they tried the educational corruption product of a devastated purchasing power makes it impossible to obtain a quota for own merits. And if you count on the government system (OPSU) it will continue to be only a dream when you have to deal with allocations to state institutions (although they were never options).

Without electricity and without food

Gas is one of the many resources that are scarce, it is very rare when you can see the trucks designated to fill gas cylinders. Many have days without eating, others have to cook with fires... others eat from the garbage.

Some have managed to overcome these situations with improvised kitchens using an aluminum can and ethyl alcohol. Others have had to improvise bonfires or even consume raw food to avoid starvation.

And even with all that we must add the constant energy failures that now hover on a floor already devastated. Preserving food is practically a joke, and resorting to non-perishable products a fantasy with prices that exceed $ 15 per can.

People turn to ice, to cook meat and pray because it does not rot. To fight day after day to get some food, to the daily worry of knowing where they will get water to consume or something to eat. To know if some day children can enjoy a decent education or if they can give them some clothes like birthdays.

Daily life in despair

Traveling on the street has become synonymous with courage among Venezuelans. An act that can even be considered suicidal or stupid. The risk of being a victim of theft, kidnapping, rape or murder is very high.

Dressing with new clothes, new shoes or even talking on the phone is a very big danger. Many choose to be armed with improvised knives or knives to defend themselves, even though the government has made it illegal for civilians to carry any kind of weapon or fire. Violence is normal in a country where crime has managed to take the presidency and where corruption has become the currency. The Venezuelans do not live, they survive.

Can you live better?

Even for someone who earns $ 1000 it's not easy to live in such a shattered place. Everything has a price of or 5 times above the ordinary, and if you know you have a lot of money you will be killed, kidnapped or imprisoned by the authorities. Because winning in $ is basically a crime.

Those who are wealthy focus on always having contacts, always having some cash on hand to be able to get out of the way and always have the option to run away. No one is safe, and those with the ability get the means to defend themselves. Crime is recurrent for everyone, nobody obeys the authorities. They all take justice for themselves and arm themselves.

In a certain way, it can be said that they are always alert to the looks, to someone strange, always attentive to the dangers and always thinking that "some day everything will change". Even when they know they can not live better.


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