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Turkmenistan Pays Women $25 for Eight or More Children

Would You Have an Eighth Child for $25?

I came across a New York Times article that was so outrageous I had to read it three times before I believed the print. In Turkmenistan, women are reportedly being offered a $25 one–time bonus to have eight or more children.

To see what the other "perks" are,


You ready that correctly – I said $25. I'm not sure any amount would be enough to convince me to have EIGHT children but if someone were to "reward" me, there would have to be a lot more 0's on the end of that number. Maybe the added benefits of free utilities, public transportation and life–long dental care will be enough to push you over the edge, but I still couldn't be convinced.

And to show what a generous president he is, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov announced that in honor of Turkmenistan's Women's Day, which is this Saturday, every female citizen will receive $10 as a present.

Tell us, would you sign up for this deal?


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Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Goes to show how different the world is from us sheltered and privileged Americans.
caroline_1 caroline_1 9 years
turkmenistan wants MORE children, china wants less... odd
Aubristar Aubristar 9 years
Children are fabulous and are a big commitment. $25 wouldn't even buy you enough coffee for those sleepless nights.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I don't even think $25 would be enough for one child.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Um I don't think so. That's insane.
Ericka Ericka 9 years
You'd lose money on that deal!
cageyme cageyme 9 years
If it were a payment to have "A" child, or a second child, I could see it (although I wouldn't do it) . . . but to have 8 or more?! :OY:
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
um no.
babysugar babysugar 9 years
In comparable terms, the average Turkmenistan's annual income is $640. So $25 is about 2 weeks pay. So imagine one of your paychecks to have an 8th(or more) baby. Sound doable? Yikes! Not to me.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Huh, what is their conversion rate vs our money.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
No way!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
as much as that sweetins the pot i think no.
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
I think that 25 bucks in Turkmenistan might be a lot more money than it sounds like, eh? Also kudos for spelling the president's name right!
stina829 stina829 9 years
Nooooo.... :)
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