Ramona, Huddersfield

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am 29 years old and I have been selling the magazine for 10 years. I am from Romania. 

Why do you sell the magazine?
I like it. It is a good job. I came to England with my husband to have a good life. There are good people here. Life in Romania was difficult. 

Where do you live?
I live in Manchester but I come to Leeds to buy my magazines and then go to Huddersfield to sell them. Huddersfield is a good place. The customers are always very nice to me – they are good people. I have always sold there.

‘I sell the magazine, shop for my father and look after everyone’

Tell us about your family.
At the moment my family is not so good. My mother died two months ago so I am crying every day. I am helping my dad and my brothers who are younger than me. They live in Manchester as well. I have 10 sisters and six brothers, so my mother had 17 children. The youngest is only six years old and the oldest is 34, because she had her first child when she was 15. The youngest of my brothers don’t know what is happening and they are asking for their mother all the time.

What was your mother like?
She was a good woman. A great woman. She had a hard life, but she made me very happy. She was very special. My childhood was good because she was a good mother. I didn’t feel like we were poor because of her. She was everything to me. She was only 49 when she died. We buried her in Romania because it was very expensive to bury her here.

Do you have children as well?
I have nine children. It’s just the way I wanted a family. I am a Christian and it is important to have a big family. But that is it now – no more children.

Life must be very hard right now.
Yes. I am looking after my father, my brothers and my own children. I sell the magazine and then I go home and shop for my father and look after everyone. But my sisters help me and my mother-in-law helps me as well. My husband is a good man too and he helps me with the children.

Do you worry about the future and Brexit?
Yes, I worry a lot. We have nothing back in Romania. This is our home here. All my children are going to the school. They speak English and it’s good. 

What do you hope for?
I hope that my children are happy and that they go to school and get proper jobs. 

What makes you happy?
My children.

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