EFEBy Javier Castro Bugarin Buenos Aires

Marcos Lucero looks down at his feet as he walks the few meters that separate his home in the Argentine capital's low-income Zavaleta neighborhood from the Bienestar soup kitchen.

A workplace accident forced him to request early retirement, although the financial payout he received amid Argentina's economic crisis and galloping inflation has proved insufficient to cover his basic expenses.

"When I was working, I could get by. But now it's not even enough for anything special for my family. If you have to incur any extra expense, you don't have enough to get through the month," Lucero told Efe. "If I have to buy medicine, I don't eat. Life is very expensive here."