The economic crisis deepened by Nicolas Maduro’s regime drove unemployment to levels never seen before. As a result, Venezuelans try ingeniously to survive and support their families and put a little food on the table.
The business of selling garbage has had a boom among those who are looking for a living. So-called “scrap dealers” sell used parts at low cost and accept cash in bolivars or foreign currency.
“Right now under the current circumstances people have something in their house and decidade to take it to the junkyard to buy a cornmeal or some sardines,” said Juan Vera, junk trader.
For his part, Carlos Guillen, another scrap dealer, explained that if the buyer does not have cash, they also accept food as a form of payment.
Vera and Guillen said that the crisis in the country has forced them to sell scrap metal because a formal job would not be profitable enough.
These citizens prefer to expose themselves to being arrested for this trade than find other types of employment.