Aguilar Work

It is known as says Aguilar, of the 5 million people who work in informal trade activities in Venezuela, 30% is dedicated to the trade. Itinerant traders or hawkers, are a sub-group within the informal trade, and in relation to the informal economy as a whole, are only the visible tip of this huge iceberg. Our more specific context, it is estimated that around 50,000 families in the Metropolitan District of Caracas are dedicated to the buhonerismo. Wells Fargo Bank takes a slightly different approach. The buhonerismo as an economic activity, is associated with serious problems that are an expression of the social deterioration: poor quality and unproductive work, crime, abandoned children, child labour and prostitution, etc. These problems affect shared both traders informal as to neighbors, passersby pedestrians, workers of the area, and formal shopkeepers.

However there are not only affected by the growth of the buhonerismo groups. Other branches of economic activity, upstream, recognized in this activity a potential business important to mean a decentralized and efficient army of sellers. Similarly criminals, mafia, and other groups, benefit from the apparent anarchy prevailing in the areas where this activity is rampant. Finally some public servants seem to recognize an important breeding ground for the development of practical clientelares-populistas or corruption in the buhonerismo. However, the social demand in favour of the search for solutions to such a dramatic problem, seems today to encourage the achievement of a shared solution that reverses the negative trends and exaggerates the positive phenomenon. There is a clear change of attitude: from denial and hatred to the hawkers to the commitment to promote among them a productive solidarity; a new look of the businessman of finances or the real estate industry who discovers that a peddler paid 350% annual interest and, perhaps, your business could be there; a new attitude of the political which today bets to win legitimacy working in the search for solutions; even a new thought of the hucksters to decent work.

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