Solonta, Aldi, Birkdale

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am 18 years old and have sold Big Issue North for about a year. I was born in Romania but my family moved to the UK when I was a child and I went to school in Birmingham. Now I live in Liverpool. 

Why do you sell the magazine?
I sell because I have a daughter and I need some money to buy things for her and for myself. This job works for me because I can work around my daughter. I don’t have much childcare available to me. I leave my daughter with a friend when I sell the magazine, but only for a few hours a day. 

How’s selling been going?
I have a new pitch now and I want to say hello to all my new customers. I want my customers to know me and support me and know about my situation. It’s been a quiet start but I am hoping that things will get better and this will be a nice year. 

Tell us about your family.
My daughter is two years old. The rest of my family is in Romania now. I miss them very much. I want to help them, but it is hard. I try to do what I can. I have a boyfriend. I don’t know if we will get married. Maybe one day. 

What is life like for your family in Romania?
It is difficult over there. You don’t have things like the Big Issue North and there is very little work for people. 

What do you hope for in the future?
I just want to do well so that I can help my daughter at home and help my mum and dad. That would be very good. One day I would like to have a house, to have more children and to have a lovely family. But who knows what the future holds? Only God. God knows everything. I’m waiting to see what happens.

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