So I decided to do a first-hand sampling of banks and business on the first day of December, 2016, or pay day – most businesses deposit their employees’ salaries in their bank accounts by the first of the month, if not a few days earlier. December 1, 2016, was the first payday in India after Modi’s announcement on November 8, 2016. This was thus the first time many employees needed cash for their main monthly expenses after the demonetization exercise began – for monthly rental payments, food from ration shops, fees for children’s schools, and many other needs which often need to be paid around the first of the month. While many people can take care of these through cheques and debit cards, many are still dependent on cash despite having bank accounts, judging by the number of employees trudging to banks to withdraw cash on payday.
This is something that people will quickly realize when they see Stefen Chow’s photo series that features food from 16 developed and 13 developing countries.
“The Poverty Line” is a visual project started by Chow and his wife Hui-Yi Lin, who is an economist and market researcher, in China.
The couple has since traveled to six continents to document the food choices of people living in poverty.