Our economy is only $5.1BN and the minimum wage is $33 per month. And then the suspension of services due to covid 19 affected so much the lower incomes as they were out of job without pay more especially those who work for private companies or schools. There was no stimulus check to support those affected by the new covid measures. These people were to go months without pay till the restrictions are lifted. Now the minimum wage people are the ones who buys commodities of the informal sector of the country that consists those who live under a dollar a day. Now the fact that these restrictions affected those who worked at private firms and that they had no money eventually affected those who sell bananas, mangoes, tomatoes in the streets for a living. Even those who works for the government though insulated by the government in terms of salary payment they still affected the informal sector because they were not going to work. Them staying at home meant that the one who does food business or sell potatoes will not have their commodity sold and this eventually led to the loss of their small business and starvation. Yes many have starved during this season, am talking about children and parents all together. Young girls failing to afford toiletries due to financial hardship, unaffordable balanced meal for children and unaffordable care for the elderly. Corona has not just affected the health of my community but also robbed the culture, potential and opportunities in my community and this is what has personally affected me.
This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.