Bills are used here until they are worn out and extremely dirty, as the $10 bill shown here. However, businesses will not take any US $ that has any kind of tear in it. No tear, no problem -- no matter how dirty or worn the money is.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Liberia has two national currencies: Liberian dollars and US dollars. 72 LD (Liberian dollars) equals $1 US. The 180 Liberian dollars shown here equals $2.50. Most businesses use US dollars because it's so much easier. The street markets all us LD$ (Liberian dollars).
This boy had made a pull toy out of soda pop cans cut in two for wheels.
We liked this picture of a boy carrying eggs across the main bridge in downtown Monrovia. Anyone who wants an egg, he will stop, reach up for the eggs, sell them and move on - usually never taking them off his head. Women sell eggs all over. It's unusual to see a boy selling eggs.
None of the police here carry weapons. The only ones with weapons are the UN peacekeeping troups, who we rarely see. We got good news this week that the UN peace keeping troups have extended their stay in Liberia for another year. Notice also the man's "store" (wheelbarrow) full of coconuts for sale.
The amazing thing is to see a loaded truck like this weaving in and out of traffic in unbelievable ways!
Here's typcial scaffolding when constructing cement buildings.
Here's a Medicine store, which is different from a pharmacy. We get all our medicine for sick missionaries at pharmacies.