Sara, Sainsbury’s, Southport

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have sold the magazine for a year and I am 20 years old. I am from Romania and I have lived in the UK for five years.

‘I have missed my customers. It’s good to be back’

How have the last few months been?
It was really bad because I couldn’t go to work and it was really boring in the house. Life was hard because I had no money.

How did you keep busy during the lockdown?
I have my children so they kept me very busy!

Where do you live?
I live in a house in Liverpool with my two children. And I live with my mum, so she helps me. My children are two and five. 

How do you feel about coming back to sell the magazine?
It is great to be back. I am really happy. It’s good to see that my customers still know me and that they were happy to see me. I feel safe selling the magazine. I believe in Jesus and I am not worried.

Why did you start selling the magazine?
I started selling because I did not have a job and I could not get work. Then I heard about the magazine and I heard that you could just start work here and that all you needed was some money to buy magazines and a badge from the office so I started this job and I tried it and it was really good. I like speaking to people and getting friendly with them.

Why did you come to the UK?
In Romania there are no jobs and even if you get a job you get nothing for it. I came to the UK with my mum and with my baby for a better life because I heard there was work here. Now England is my home. 

What do you hope for in the future?
I hope that I will be good with my kids and that I have everything for them and have money for them and everything they need. And I hope for them to be safe and well.

Do you have a message for your customers?
I want to say thanks to them because they have been good and friendly to me and every time they see me they have smiled and laughed and said how nice it is to see me back on my pitch. I have missed them and it is good to be back. 

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