‘Broke all the time’

How a carpenter and coder in the US manages his monthly costs.

[Jawahir Al-Naimi and Muaz Kory/Al Jazeera]
[Jawahir Al-Naimi and Muaz Kory/Al Jazeera]

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Name: Aman Kidane (a pseudonym to protect his identity)

Age: 42

Occupation: Carpenter and coding student

Lives with: Alone

Lives in: One-bedroom apartment in New Orleans, Louisiana, US

July income: $1,840 ($1,600 in financial aid for studies and $240 from selling old furniture). The median income for one person in Louisiana is $4,143 per month before taxes.

Total expenses for the month: $1,687

Source: Al Jazeera