Visualizing Voices of the Vulnerable

is a project that takes a snapshot between May-August 2010, illuminating how people are dealing with the effects of the global economic crisis. People were asked to participate in a survey conducted through SMS. Their responses, which were channeled through mobile phones, revealed unique and touching stories. This project aims to show these emotions.

These were the 5 questions that were asked:

  1. In the past year, meeting your household needs has been: Easier, Same, More difficult, Very difficult
  2. In the past year, how has your country's economic situation changed?: Better, Same, Worse, Much Worse
  3. What has been the greatest change you had to make to meet your household needs this past year?
  4. How has your quality of life changed over the past year?
  5. In one word, how do you feel about your future?

The same 5 questions were translated and asked in the following five countries:

  1. India
  2. Iraq
  3. Mexico
  4. Uganda
  5. Ukraine