Hair has become product women sell to help support their families.
As the economic crisis in Venezuela continues, Venezuelans are trying unconventional methods to make ends meet. According to a video by Vocativ, one way Venezuelans women are making things work is by selling their hair. Reuters reports that the monthly minimum wage for a Venezuelan can dip as low as $6, but selling hair can earn around $21 in Venezuela. Seems like a no-brainer for those who can spare some hair. Some women have even resorted to traveling to Colombia and Panama, where they can sell their hair for higher prices, according to Vocativ. The extreme shortage of basic necessities, like food and toilet paper, has pushed average Venezuelans to make drastic decisions about the way they make money.
“I thought, ‘Whatever God wants. I’m going to cut my hair.’ I had it very long and I said, ‘I’m going to sell it,'” Crismary Gonzalez, a Venezuelan woman who has sold her hair twice, told Reuters. “My children come first, then my hair. Hair grows back.”
Venezuela has been dealing with political and economic turmoil for months as President Nicolas Maduro has taken hold of the government and silenced all political opponents. The South American country recently drew scrutiny after offering millions of dollars in aid to U.S. states and Caribbean islands that have been impacted by recent hurricanes. Some are skeptical about the humanitarian efforts and assume that Venezuela is only doing it to win political points.
Check out Al Jazeera’s report on Venezuelan women selling their hair below.
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