“I rent land to plant and grow rice which costs me 200,000 kip (25 uSD) for 2 years, and allows me to make about 20 sacks of rice per year, although I haven’t yet harvested this year. Some years, the landowners want money for my rent, but this year they want 7 sacks of rice. I estimate that I’ll take away 13 sacks of rice this year, after paying the landowners, and will probably need to pay another 2 sacks for labour costs. So a final yield of 11 sacks should last me for 6 or 7 months. The rest of the year, I borrow rice from my neighbours which I must pay this back in rice from the next season, so I am constantly in debt so that I have enough rice to eat.
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