Hi, I’m Karin, and welcome to Our Human Planet. When I’m on the road I learn more from older people than anyone else. In Cuba you retire when you turn 65. The government even gives you a monthly pension, though it’s not enough to live on. Some retirees sell sticks of gum, or plastic bags. Others buy newspapers at two cents apiece and sell them for double that. At 79, Jose has been at it for quite a while. His pension is 202 pesos per month – about $8. Even on a good day, he doesn’t sell that much. That’s 40 to 80 cents. In spite of all his hardships, he’s an utter gentleman. If you don’t have the money to buy a stack of newspapers, then you can start with this. Recycling is big business in Cuba. Though it’s mostly done by older men who have no one to turn to except the state. Pedro is 78. He’s been on the street since 6:00 a.m.. And all his work will earn him less than 50 cents. He’s too proud to ask for help and too honest to do anything else. He has to stop and put down his bags every chance he gets. Pedro is heading for the recycle center, and he’s not the only one. Unfortunately the hours aren’t very reliable. And it’s already 2 p.m. There’s one other thing – the center doesn’t give you cash, it just offers stuff in trade. But can you then resell that stuff? No, it’s not allowed, and yes, people do. Nobody seems to mind getting paid in bottled soda – but… they’re tired of going home without their loot. And yet both Julio and Pedro seem reasonably content. Traveling may not always give you the answers, but it helps you to ask the right questions. See you next time and don’t forget to subscribe to Our Human Planet.