This story is from How Condoms Can Cost a Week’s Wages, an episode of Economics with Subtitles presented by Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and Steve Bugeja, and produced by Simon Maybin and Phoebe Keane.To listen to more episodes of Economics with Subtitles from BBC Radio 4, please click here. Adapted by Sarah Keating.
Mariana Zuniga, a journalist in Caracas, went shopping for condoms and quickly discovered they were in very short supply.
When she did eventually track some down – in a shop with only seven boxes left – one packet cost more than 1 million Venezuelan bolívar. Condoms have become an unaffordable luxury for most.
Prior to a desperate move from President Nicolás Maduro to hike the national minimum wage 3,500% earlier in August, people were earning just 3 million bolívar per month on the minimum wage.