Thursday, June 4, 2009

Boiled Egg Economics


The majority of PNG's 6 million or so population rely on the informal economy. Something like 85 per cent are living in rural subsistence-based environments. So when urban drift pulls them into towns like Port Moresby people no longer have easy access to vegetables and fruits and they quickly learn you need cash money to live.
Edne, from the Highlands town of Wabag, Enga Province, is one of those relying on the informal sector to survive. In a sweet juxtaposition outside PNG's Central Bank, downtown Port Moresby, she sells boiled eggs for 1 kina (45 Aussie cents) each.

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