Indonesia's 'silver people' perform to make ends meet

Meet Indonesia’s ‘silver people’

Location: Depok, Indonesia

Single mother Raffi Puryanti and her five-year-old son

perform as ‘manusia silver’ to appeal to passersby for an occasional coin

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) 29-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MOTHER AND SILVER WOMAN, PURYANTI SAYING:

"My name is Puryanti, I am 29 years old. I have been working like this for three months to support my two children. It is difficult to find a job, and I'm not ashamed to work like this, even though many people insult me. What is important is to find food for my children. I'm very grateful to God for this blessing and keeping us healthy."

The family coat themselves in a homemade paint

made of screen-printing powder and cooking oil

(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) 29-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MOTHER AND SILVER WOMAN, PURYANTI SAYING:

"Some give, some don't. Sometimes people give enough, thank God. I'm here as often as I can be. Sometimes after a whole day, from day to night, I only get 50,000 Indonesian rupiah ($3.58), and some days I can get up to 70,000 rupiah ($5), thank God."