Cambodia

Milk: Half a Day’s Wages

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I smile at the elderly lady as I exit the convenience store clutching a small carton of sugary, strawberry milk. I think I need the milk to see me through a few hours of teaching.

She smiles broadly back.  She’s pushing a recycling cart and collects cardboard and cans and plastics for, I guess, ten hours a day, everyday of the week. She needs the money to feed, clothe and house herself, and an extended family, I suspect.

My small carton of sugary, strawberry milk costs $1.09.

She makes about $2.50.

For the whole day.

Same job, but not the lady in question. Toul Tompong, Phnom Penh

Same job, but not the lady in question. Toul Tompong, Phnom Penh

 

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