Living before crisis, surviving and challenges to deal with it in Venezuela

Some incoming questions from a reader I answered and decided to put on my website. Thank you for being interested in my situation! The support I have been getting lately is amazing! Thank you all for your kind words and support!

How were you living before the crisis?
> Before the crisis I was living very well. My family was upper middle class. We could get medicines, food and progress. I remember that I could buy candy or a juice in the cafetaria. Those days I had enough money to go out on weekends with my friends. But that stopped happening when the crisis started…

How did the crisis begin to affect your life?
> It started with the lack of food in the stores. From one day to the next, I stopped getting rice, pasta, butter, milk… And when it was obtained they were at exorbitantly high prices. The hyperinflation over the past years have been ridiculous..

How do you survive?
> It’s hard, I work at different places which gets me some income, but it’s not remotely close to pay for everything I have to pay during the month. Besides that I earn extra money helping my friends who are out of the country managing their university tasks, I do it because they are my friends and they help me by sending some money to pay the expenses for the studies.

Exchange rate 01 nov. 2018
Bolivar Usd
VEF 170,00 $ 1
Minimum wage
Bolivar Usd
VEF 1800,00 $ 10,58


Item Price in USD Price in Bolivar
Salt (kilo) 0,20 35
Milk (liter) 2,94 500
Eggs (dozen) 2,94 500
Oil (liter) 0,88 150
Wheat flour (kilo) 1,17 200
Chicken (kilo) 2,42 413
Meat (kilo) 2,42 413
Sugar 0,88 150


Item Price in USD Price in Bolivar
Detergent (kilo) 2,94 500
Bath soap (unit) 1,17 200
Toilet paper (four rolls) 1,58 270
Toothpaste 0,88 150
Shampoo 2,64 450
Deodorant 1,47 250
Floor cleaner 0,88 150


Above you see three tables with the economic situation. If I’m lucky I manage to earn around 1800 bolivar (that’s like 10 dollar). Let’s say I want to make pancakes I will need eggs (500) , milk (500) and wheat flour (200). Summing it up that will cost me 1200 bolivar! Out of the 1800 I earn a month I keep 600 bolivar if i decided to buy ingredients to make pancakes! With the leftover ingredients we might have enough food for like 3 days.

With what challenges in your life do you have to deal with?
> Public transport is the most annoying thing as you have on my blog. Another thing, are the waiting lines in the banks. The lack of food in the establishments is still present, you can have enough money to buy a kilo of meat but you can not get it anywhere!

How has the crisis affected people in your neighborhood?
> Most of my neighbors have moved out of the country. My dear town is almost empty. The university is lonely. In the streets you see less people… Another thing that has changed is the attitude. Some people have changed due to the situation, they have become more irritable and more stressed people. The country’s situation stresses and has reached the point of affecting the health of Venezuelans in this way.

A different kind of blog today, I hope you all enjoyed the read! Later this week I will publish another story, stay tuned!

4 thoughts on “Living before crisis, surviving and challenges to deal with it in Venezuela

    1. That’s a good question. The truth would be a dream. I’ve always wanted to go to the United States. The problem is paperwork. It is not easy to emigrate, much less to the United States, because of what some friends have told me. It’s expensive too. I would love to go, but I think it would be easier for me to emigrate to another Latin American country.


  1. Hello Ascribur,

    Nice to see somebody portrait the day to day life in Venezuela.

    I want to ask you if you can tell me how hard it is nowadays to get a passport. Is it true that no more passports are submitted to people?


    1. Hi!

      Thank you very much for your support.

      Nowadays it is a little harder than before. Especially for how expensive it is now to pay for the passport appointment. You must pay 7,200 Bs.S. for paying the passport application. Which costs a lot especially because the minimum salary of a person today is 1,800 Bs.S. So yes, at least it’s hard for me to get a passport.


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