Individual and Family Labor

One of the key decisions you must make for your family on every turn is how to balance your time between different priorities. You need either money (through farming cotton or through your small business) or food (through fishing or growing maize), you need enough water, and you need to be able to cook your food (in the absence of a propane stove, you need to collect fuelwood). The family's total available labor in the MV Sim is the sum of the family members' hours of labor. Not all individuals can work the maximum of 12 hours a day (pregnant women and women who have recently given birth can work less, and children under 5 cannot contribute to family labor).