Venezuela: Price of Tampons cost third of women’s salary at minimum wage

Posted on July 2, 2015 • Filed under: Economy, Venezuela reported…Last month, both Venezuelan men and women were shocked to find out the new prices of tampons, sanitary pads, and other personal hygiene products set by the national government.

Overnight, sanitary pads went from costing Bs. 70 (US$0.15 at the black-market rate) to Bs. 1,290 ($3, a 1,800 percent increase). To foreigners it may seem not much, but Venezuela’s current minimum wage of Bs. 7,421 amounts to barely $20. Considering an average woman needs two packs, this means a her period can consume one third of her salary. Read Article

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