What It Costs to Be Me
Five women from around the world reveal how they spend their money, what they're saving for and their most expensive shoes!
By Lea Goldman
Photo Credit: Jake Lyell
Racheal Jama, 28,Soroti, Uganda
Occupation: Assistant accountant
Annual income: $7,200 (converted from Ugandan shilling)
Average income for a woman in Uganda: $1,216
Home, sweet home: "I live in a single room with a washroom. I sleep on one side and cook on the other. There's no actual kitchen, so I use a hot plate and a gas cooker. My rent is $44 a month."
Bills, bills, bills: "My utilities, which include water and electricity, cost $13 per month. Here, everyone buys a mobile-phone handset, and you pay as you go. The phone costs $22, and I spend about $9 biweekly on phone credits."
Meal plan: "I have an hour lunch break, during which time I will go to a restaurant for a typical Ugandan meal, like matoke [steamed plantains], which costs about $1.30. I eat a light dinner at home, usually milk and a piece of cake."
The weekender: "On Saturday evenings I'll go to a friend's house and watch DVDs. I don't drink most young, single women here do not go to bars."
Only in Uganda: "At home, I boil my water and keep it in a clay pot. That's how we keep our water safe and clean."
Shoe index: "I bought a pair of black open-toe high heels for almost $9. They are only for special occasions."
The road to recovery: "We felt the recession here so much. No one went to the shops or bought anything. It's slowly getting better. I am grateful to have a job."
Checks and balances: "It is so hard to save in our culture. I have tried and failed. Still, my top priority is to buy my own home. I'm not sure how, but I will do it."