Before the unprecedented financial and economic deterioration, the seller of Kaak used to live a modest life. However lately, amid the stifling crisis which is propelling half the population into poverty, kaak pie stuffed with cheese, has been abandoned by its lovers.
The Kaak seller told Sawt Beirut International (SBI) reporter Ghassan Farran, “In the past, I used to sell one piece for 1,000 LBP, but now its price has surged to 4,000 LBP. I don’t even return the expenditures I pay.”
He added: “I used to sell between 150 and 200 pieces per day, but now I barely sell 50 pieces.” He said that he earned only 30,000 LBP since the morning, which is equivalent to 5,000 LBP net profit.
Another seller said: “Today, each kilogram of cheese is worth 70,000 LBP. I sell the piece of Kaak for 5,000 LBP, which is expensive for poor people, that’s why they buy half piece of Kaak.” He added that sales have dropped by 70 percent recently.
If the cheese Kaak is no longer the meal of the passerby, and only middle income class can afford, so what is left for the poor in this country?