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Life is hard in the Laotian capital. Most inhabitants live in small rooms or when they are lucky in huts with mud floor. Only the tiny middle class and the reach own houses. This old man pushes his simple cart heavily loaded with imported bananas through the roads of Vientiane from market to market, hoping to sell some of his fruits to be able to buy some veggies. In the country side life is a bit easier, you can plant some veggies or go into the jungle to find edible plants. In the big city Vientiane there is no space for the poor to grow veggies, but only here they can earn a bit of money - not really enough to live decently, but too much to simply die. It is a hard world for the crowd of the underprivileged in Laos.

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