Upon old age, one deserves to put one’s legs up and rest from a lifetime of hard work. For some people however, this is not necessarily the case, like this hard-working grandpa, who struggles to earn even a meager income.
80-year-old Manong Lauro, is on foot everyday selling shrimp paste, or Bagoong, as it’s called by Filipinos. Although Bagoong is popular in the Philippines, it’s got a pretty long shelf life, so, people aren’t apt to go buying more in a hurry, which makes this elderly gentleman’s sales job even tougher.
Manong Lauro walks 20km (approximately 12.4 miles) a day, lugging his heavy bucket of Bagoong. He never takes public transport, as he reckons his little earnings would mainly all be used up on fares.
So, he trudges along with his bucket, going door-to-door, in hopes of selling his salty condiment. If he’s lucky, he may earn 50 Philippine peso (US $1.08) after a tough slog on foot, in one day.
At his age, you’d think he ought to be well retired and living a life of ease. In order to provide for his impoverished family however, he’s out there braving the weather, all so he can buy a 1kg sack of rice and maybe a few fish to bring back home.
Whilst this persevering elderly gentleman is deserving of respect, he may also deserve a bit of a break at home, and perhaps even a more comfortable retirement. We hope that his family appreciates his noble endeavors.