Peru’s poor eat from ‘common pots’ as inflation rises

City of Gosen, Peru

Every day for more than two years, Cindy Cueto wakes up in the house she shares with her three children on top of a desert hill in the capital of Peru and asks herself: “What are we going to eat?”

She joins her neighbors in the impoverished City of Gosen every day to cook a “common pot” of food, a survival strategy that emerged in Lima’s sprawling slums with the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, it has been expanded to mitigate the impacts of rising food, fuel, and fertilizer prices due to global inflation, the war in Ukraine, and a government that has failed to deliver on its promise to help the poorest. vulnerable.

The communal pot, comparable to a small-scale soup kitchen, provides them with one meal a day. Mrs. Cueto and her neighbors try to find the cheapest food in the markets, buying cow bones, chicken entrails, rice and potatoes. They keep their eyes open for any charity from the more fortunate Peruvians.

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