|On the left, Lesotho's Maloti,|
on the right, the South African Rand.
While I originally struggled to think of these colorful bills are more than Monopoly money, when I visited America in October, I found the uniformly green dollars in my hand to be bland and uninspired.
|Maluti: The local brew.|
This "quart" is actually 660ml,
over a pint shy of a quart.
- 67 cents: A taxi ride to or from my rural village to town
- $1: A "quart" of Maluti, the local beer
- 25 cents: An ice cream cone in the Botha Bothe
- 79 cents: A Mint Crisp Cadbury Bar
- 91 cents: One hour of internet café
- 97 cents: A half pound of ground beef
- 18 cents: A half dozen makoenya (a fried bread similar to donuts but not sweetened as much)
- 96 cents: A package of seeds for carrots, greens, tomatoes, or other crops
- 42 cents: A deck of cards
- 91 cents: Printing three photos
|A typical village shop, this one belonging to my friend Sama.|
A loaf of bread: $0.61
Russians (similar to hot dogs): $0.12 each
30 Eggs: $2.18
Tomatoes: $0.17 each
Laundry Soap: $1.45
Candles: $0.18 each