Desperate Indonesian women who scavenge through piles of rotting rubbish earning just £1.20 a day to feed their families
These remarkable pictures show women sifting through garbage at a landfill site to earn a daily wage of just £1.20.
The women rifle through and scavenge garbage from the landfill at Benowo in Surabaya, Indonesia, every day to earn money to feed themselves and their families.
Several are accompanied by their young children as they sort through the rotting mound of rubbish which stretches far and wide.
In March 2013, the number of poor people in Indonesia reached 28 million – with 70 per cent of them being women.
The figures, according to the Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics, reveal how millions of Indonesian women continue to live below the poverty line.
The women can be seen scavenging rubbish just days before International Women’s Day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.