- The Egyptian pound has plummeted on currency markets
- Cairo residents tell CNN they are struggling to make ends meet
- The government is advocating austerity measures
- Egypt has been relying on loans
Cairo, Egypt (CNN)The Tawfiqia fruit market in Cairo is unusually empty on Thursday afternoon. Vendors sit next to stacks of local and imported fruit waiting for the occasional customer. Then they buy half of what they would traditionally purchase ahead of the weekend.