Observers' budgets

On a lean budget in Rome: “I skip breakfast to save money”

 
William Dongmo, a 25-year-old Cameroonian student, has been living in Rome for three years and is in his final year of earning a master's degree in computer engineering. With his university stipend, help from a church and small jobs, he earns nearly €450 a month – just barely enough to keep himself afloat. Read his story...
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Benjamin, a French expat in Sao Paolo: “I reject wastefulness and over-consumption"

 
Benjamin Potet has been living in Sao Paolo, Brazil since December 2011. Ten months ago, he decided to leave everything behind in France and live the adventurous life of an expat. At 28 years of age, he earns around 3,500 reals (around 1,400 euros) by working in communications and giving language courses. He says he steers clear of the consumerist culture that is highly-regarded in Sao Paolo. Read more...
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“I used savings to bail out my hotel”

 
For the third part of our series “Our Observers Balance Their Books”, we talked to Younousse Lamine Sakho, who has been a hotel manager in Abidjan since 1998. With a monthly salary of €533, he has to be extremely careful with his spending to stay afloat at the end of the month. He is calling for political action to save the Ivorian hotel industry. Read more...
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In Greece, it's tough to make ends meet - "even with a good salary"

 
The FRANCE 24 Observers Team has launched a new series of articles, “Our Observers balance their books”, which takes a look at how people from all over the world budget their monthly income and how their finances affect daily life. In our second feature, we meet Werner de Buysère, 49, a self-employed caterer who lives in Athens, Greece. Read more...
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'I have three grown sons who are all unemployed and live at home'

 
The FRANCE 24 Observers Team has launched a new series of articles, “Our Observers balance their books”, which takes a look at how people from all over the world budget their monthly income and how their finances affect daily life. In our first feature, we meet Kamel Kaci, a retired French teacher in Algeria. Read more…
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