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Venezuelans use their currency to make purses as minimum wage cannot even buy bottle of soft drinks (photos)

 Venezuelans use their currency to make purses as minimum wage cannot even buy bottle of soft drinks (photos)

Venezuela's currency is worth so little now that artisans are using it to make purses.
Artisans in Venezuela are using the Venezuelan Bolivar to make sculptures, handbags, and other things because of how worthless the currency has become following Venezuela’s economic collapse.

Venezuela’s congress says annual inflation hit 24,600 percent in May. The minimum wage can not buy as little as a bottle of soft drink so citizens have begun turning colorful bolivar bills into a purse rather than to spend them on a purse or anything else. Alvaro Rivera is one of the artisans making products out of money.

 Venezuelans use their currency to make purses as minimum wage cannot even buy bottle of soft drinks (photos)

The largest handbag Rivera sells on the streets of Cucuta is painstakingly woven from 1,000 individual bills totaling 100,000 bolivares. The value of that cash at money exchange houses in Cucuta is 17 U.S. cents. The bag, on the other hand, sells for $13.
"The price of the work has nothing to do with how many bills I use. What I’m selling is the art," Rivera said.

 Venezuelans use their currency to make purses as minimum wage cannot even buy bottle of soft drinks (photos)

A bag of groceries, which cost $15 a year ago, now costs $3,960 in Venezuela. Those earning bolivares can no longer afford the basics. To feed a family of five for a month costs 20 times the monthly minimum wage, according to the Center for Labor Research and Analysis a Caracas-based nonprofit. The crisis is forcing millions of people to flee the country.

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