Curating Development - Hong Kong
For many Filipino migrant domestic workers sending money to the Philippines is a monthly ritual. They call it an allowance. The average monthly remittance sent by participants in Hong Kong was approximately $420 per month and by participants in London was $500 per month.
Investment in the ‘self’, by contrast, is a novelty and is revolutionary for many women who migrate as domestic carers in London and Hong Kong. When Ruby photographed the object in Hong Kong the natural light was poor, but what mattered more than the quality of the image was the idea behind this envelope with pockets. It allows migrant domestic workers to understand both their own needs and their families, to prioritise investments, and possibly even to say no, when requests come and no money are there to be shared.
The woman who shared this envelope with us said she had sent one back to her husband and sons not just to help them plan and manage resources but also so that they could, ‘help in community development by sharing and teaching others about financial literacy and how to manage their parents' hard earned money.’
M, from Laguna, working in Hong Kong
Photo by Ruby Timtim