This just in from Mike's Bogota blog.
Slashing Poverty by the Numbers
|This vendor on Plaza Bolívar said she earns just a few |
thousand pesos per day, making her poor.
According to the government's new definition, if you earn more than 187,000 pesos per month per person in your household (about $104 dollars), you're not poor. Suddenly, only just above 36% of Colombians are poor - compared to almost half, according to other stats I've seen.
|These vendors said they can earn 10 - 20,000 pesos|
each per day when the police let them sell. And
they've got a prime location, albeit an illegal one.
|Poor guy: Senate Pres. Corzo.|
To resolve this inequity, Corzo brought back a policy providing free gasoline stipends to congressmembers, including himself.
The World Bank pegs Colombia's per-capita GDP at $5,500 per person using the Atlas methodology (whatever that is) or at $9,000 in terms of purchasing power.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours