Leontin, Co-op, West Derby, Liverpool

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am 52 and I have sold the magazine for about three years. I am from Romania but now I live in Liverpool. I came to the UK for my family. My daughter is 27 now and she has two children so I am a grandfather. My grandchildren go to school here and they speak very good English. Their lives will be better because we live here in England. 

Do you enjoy selling the magazine?
It’s okay. I do not speak good English and so it’s hard to get another job. I don’t have a car so I can’t do driving or anything. I have a nice pitch. West Derby is a nice place near Liverpool. I worked in construction when I lived in Romania but it’s hard to find that kind of work here because of my English.

What makes you happy?
I am happy that I am here in Liverpool with my family. We work hard from day to day to survive.

What makes you sad?
I am not so happy that I do not have a long-term job. I don’t have many prospects and I’d like a bit more stability in my life. And the rain. So much rain lately! My umbrella keeps breaking in the strong winds. 

What are your hopes for the future?
I am doing a course through the job centre to improve my English so that one day I might get a good job. I am enjoying the course and my teacher is very good, but I am still at the beginning of learning.

How has life changed for you since the pandemic?
Things are much quieter on my pitch. Many of my customers are quite elderly and many have not come out of their houses that much since the pandemic. I have just started to see some people that I haven’t seen in nearly two years. For me, life was okay though because I had my family and I managed to get by.

Do you have a message for your customers?
May God help them to have a good life and thank you to them for helping me to survive.

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