Latin America & Caribbean

Venezuelan bolivar - what can it buy you?

On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will issue a new currency to manage the country's runaway inflation, which the IMF predicts will hit 1,000,000% this year.

The Venezuelan bolivar has become near-worthless, following a severe economic downturn. To show the extent to which hyperinflation has gripped the country, Reuters photographer Carlos Garcia Rawlins created images of everyday food and household items alongside the amount of money it costs to buy them.

A 2.4kg chicken has been costing 14,600,000 bolivars (equivalent to $2.22, or £1.74) in the capital, Caracas.

A 2.4kg chicken next to 14,600,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

Last Thursday, a toilet roll cost 2,600,000 bolivars.

A toilet roll next to 2,600,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

Three million bolivars for these carrots.

Carrots next to 3,000,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

Venezuelans have been stocking their homes with food before the measures take effect on Monday, amid concerns that confusion and overburdened banking systems could make trade impossible.

A packet of 1kg of rice cost 2,500,000 bolivars.

A package of 1kg of rice next to 2,500,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

In July this year inflation hit 82,700%.

Alicia Ramirez, 38, a business administrator, spoke to Reuters in a supermarket in the western city of Maracaibo: "I came to buy vegetables, but I'm leaving because I'm not going to wait in this line.

"People are going crazy."

For a packet of sanitary pads you need 3,500,000 bolivars.

A packet of sanitary pads next to 3,500,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

A kilo of tomatoes? That'll be 5,000,000 bolivars.

A kilogram of tomatoes next to 5,000,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

Monday has been declared as a public holiday, the same day as internet banking operations are halted for several hours and a new set of notes with lower denominations are introduced.

A kilogram of cheese is pictured next to 7,500,000 bolivars.

A kilogram of cheese next to 7,500,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

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Nappies could be purchased for 8,000,000 bolivars.

Nappies next to 8,000,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters

And a kilogram of meat cost 9,500,000 bolivars.

A kilogram of meat next to 9,500,000 bolivars Image copyright Reuters


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