Hyperinflation, generated by the economic mismanagement of the regimes of Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, continues to take its toll on Venezuelans.
Currently, the minimum wage established by the dictatorship is not even enough to buy 10% of the food basket, which forces most citizens to maintain an unbalanced diet, leading to malnutrition.
“The salary of Bs. 400.000 is not even enough for one ‘harina P.A.N.’ (cornmeal flour 2 lb. bag), not even for the arepa of a Venezuelan,” said Judith Marquez, a housewife.
The consumption of meat and sausages is the most affected, since the minimum wage is not enough to buy them.
The deli and sausage businesses assured that 30% of their sales are made in grams, because customers cannot buy in bigger quantities.
“We sell from 100 grams, the least, of cheese that is worth a million two hundred per kilo, we sell 100gr which is only Bs.1,200 and they buy it. Tha’s how people are shopping,” explained Elio Acosta.
Faced with the little sales, the shopkeepers have been forced to close or change their line of business.