More than a year ago, under the effect of misery and the consequences of the post-pandemic period, the Belgrano Fairin the game of Merlohas become a chain of parallel ministries, where social development, the economy, and even the health of many neighborhood residents are supported through citizen action.
Used clothes, medicine, food and bills are exchanged and draw between holidays and opportunists in a real “timba del resque”.
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“It didn’t start because of barter or vendors, it started out of necessity,” says one of the neighbors who goes three times a week to the Belgrano fair to buy trinkets and resell them for a living From Facebook.
“You go to a store and with $1,000 you buy a single piece of clothing, on my Facebook for $1,000 you dress yourself, your grandson and your daughter,” he said.
“My sell limit is $500, why kill people? if I know we’re all in the same boat,” said a shopkeeper, who went from nursing home care worker to surviving in a working-class economy who is dying in a country in a coma.
The real provincial lottery where numbers sell for $10
But in the shadow of another of the many popular fairs we have encountered, in this one we find the true lottery of the province: “the lottery of the poor”. There the merchants buy and sell numbers for $10 and they earn the right to participate in the daily draw for food and money bags.
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These are not bags, these are packs of four or five essential products where the winners walk away with a can of tea, a packet of noodles or a can of peas, while those hoping for the “jackpot” wait for this chance to win the prizes. cash prizes ranging from $120 to $600.
Marketing missing link strategy or solidarity action in the midst of a crisis? Wherever the answer ball falls, the only fixed is the reality of everyone who comes to the fair, from the lady who went to buy clothes for her grandchildren and spent more than she could, to the vendor who did not sell more than 500 pesos.
Everyone is looking forward to the “poor lottery” to end the day with a smile.
In this misery scam, if you don’t have money to buy the number, you don’t stay out. All sellers can register for a “Sorteo plus” where just by putting their first and last name they participate for a extra food bag
“They are not like those delivered by Social Development, they are more varied”, explains Rosa, the last “winner” of the day.