Agence France-PresseMay 17, 2013 23:30
Singaporean housewife Siti Khadijah Abdul Rahman accumulated a few thousand dollars' worth of gold accessories over the past two decades, but now a rising cost of living is forcing her to pawn them.
With a stretched household budget that must also cater to school expenses for her two teenage children, the 49 year-old is pawning her gold to relieve pressure on her security guard husband, who earns Sg$1,500 ($1,211) a month.
"Pawning is better than going to friends or family when you have budget problems," said Abdul Rahman. "When I have money, I will claim it back."