Let me tell you a story, a story of how someone survives the day by day of living in a city called Maracaibo, the city where I was born and where I lived 26 years of my life. a city that sleeps in terror at night and wakes up exhausted to work without knowing how tomorrow can be.
Most of the marabins that live in that city have no idea on how the world works, how to blame them? the outside world is complete out of reach, almost non existant, most of us only work to bring food to our table and focus in our daily local.
This is the case of a little store in Maracaibo called Varrock founded in 1991, back then the economy was kicking in and everything was sunshine and rainbows, what a perfect time to start your little business! buying from suppliers was piece of cake, no restrictions in the amount to be sold per capita, Venezuela was in top of their production, many economists foretold that Venezuela was in his golden age where everyone could prosper and have a great future for their childrens, grand childrends and so on.
Everyone from all the countries were getting into Venezuela because it had the best quality of life from the south america region, even people from other continents were coming to my beautiful country, chinese, vietnamesse, spains, italians, you name it, it was there.
Now days the story have changed, dractically from 2006 until today, overtime it got worse and worse, today you are only allowed to take certain amount of goods per purchase, back then you didn’t have to bring your sister, cousin, brother in law, father, mother and your two dogs to just buy a bag of rice and a toilet paper, which is everything you can afford with todays monthly income.
If I have to say, everything went south when the previous president Hugo Chavez implemented an official exchange rate for the USD, calling it CADIVI, which fucked the economy overtime in a fast and painful growth, it was only a benefit in the first year, from 2006 to 2007 it worked perfectly because Venezuela provided the south america region with all the goods and services needed plus the oil production was the highest ever in it’s history which increased the income of US dollars, at the low rate of 4.3 BS per USD, Venezuela had the HIGHEST salary in USD on south america.
Goverment got greedy and started siezing assets from the private corp, and they coudln’t handle and provide the same efficency and good service from those companies which lead to them to close and decrease the national productivity. Lost jobs leaded to riots on the street and so it began…
Today the day after day of the venezuelan is so dark and full of inconvenience, public services have gone to shit, and they can’t even provide food to their people.
Today this little Varrock store is closed, only the big ones like DeCandido and Farmatodo are the remaining ones, they take the economic hit and report loses in every quarter of their year just to be able to provide Venezuelans some goods, many of them of first necessities, which are only able to be purchased from people who have people outside that send money to their banks directly
Thanks to bitcoin, paypal and other electronic methods people from Venezuela find a way to survive each day after a long night, this is only the start of everything that’s wrong with my city.