Monday, 27 April 2009

a hard earned riel

the people of Cambodia work extremely hard to make a living. The above image shows two young men scraping and cleaning cow hide to make "beef jerky". It is a long and slow process for little return.

one Singapore dollar equals 2,764.00 KHR (Cambodian Riel)

below is a large pot of Palm Sugar boiling away to make palm sugar pieces, tastes like fudge too.

this lady is preparing it for sale by wrapping each piece in a piece of palm leaf.

Everybody does what they are capable of, we saw young women working in the Silk Factory, they are squatting from 7.00am till 6.00pm working on fine silk every day.....

in another factory we saw workers carving wood (photos later) and we see women on the side of the roadway selling food, beads, bags and anything else they could possibly sell. The men are sweeping the streets or working as tour guides, many women work as domestics in the hotels.

The cleaners in the hotels earn approx $60.00 USD per month...... but we cannot compare the USD with what they are earning, we cannot compare our Western way of life with how they live, though we should have compassion for these people and to be aware of how blessed we are to live the lives that we do.

The riel ( Symbol ) is the currency of Cambodia. There have been two distinct riel, the first issued between 1953 and May 1975, and the second since April 1, 1980. In Cambodia, the U.S. dollar is also widely used. Between 1975 and 1980, the country had no monetary system at all.

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