3. Could you survive on $200 per month? Sadly in Zimbabwe that’s high living. Many families are earning just $1 daily, while skilled workers, such as teachers and government employees earn about $50 per week. Neither paltry amount is enough to meet the nation’s poverty line, $467 per month (for a family of five). The country continues to rebuild its agriculture-based economy after seizing thousands of farms from white landowners in 2000.