A few days ago I received an e mail from a man asking if it is possible to live here on 300 dollars a month. That was the monthly income for himself and his wife. I wrote back, No. I was sure that was not possible. Today I read in the Guadalajara Reporter about the minimum wage for Mexicans here. I thought it might be of interest to my readers. I was shocked at how low it is here.
There was an increase of 3.9 percent this January of the minimum wage. It is now, 67.29 pesos a day and in other areas outside of here it is only 63.77 pesos a day. That is about five dollars a day! The article also said that 60% of Mexican families here make less than 5,800 pesos a month. That is equivalent to 3 minimum wages. Or around 443 dollars a month. The article said that the average family of four needs an income of at least 15,000 pesos a month to meet the basic expenses here. That is eight times the minimum wage. Figure it out for yourself and you will come to the same conclusion that I came to after reading this article. There are a lot of very poor people living here!