Our vendors: Jonathan Lucero (Hecho en Bs. As., Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Jonathan Lucero sells Argentinian street paper Hecho en Bs. As. in Buenos Aires. He talks about his family, school and his dreams for the future.

Jonathan Lucero sells the street paper Hecho en Bs.

By Jonathan Lucero, Hecho en Bs. As. vendor

I came to Hecho en Bs. As. because of a friend who sells the magazine. He told me “sign up, you’re going to have work,” and with the magazine I left the streets. I feel fine selling the magazine because there are many people who know it. Hecho en Bs. As. has been on the streets 15 years and it gives people an opportunity that are in the streets or out of work.

People already know about it when I approach to sell it. I say, “Hello, good afternoon how are you, sir? My name is Jonathan, I’m selling the Hecho en Bs. Magazine, it’s my job and Hecho en Bs. helps me support my life and gives an opportunity to people who do not have it.”

All the people know me here, from the 12 years that I’ve been in San Telmo [a district of Buenos Aires], and I already have clients who buy it. To me Hecho en Bs. is a work that lets me take things to my family.

I was born in Ciudadela [a city in Greater Buenos Aires]. I am one of six brothers. I left home at the age of 12 when my mother died. My dad got together with another woman and I left. Sometimes I see one of my sisters and we go visit her with my wife Rocio and our baby Tita. Rocio and I met years ago in a mixed home in Piedras y Caseros, in Santa Catalina [a rural town in northern Argentina]. Rocio and I have been together since. One of my favourite dishes Rocio makes is breaded meat with mashed potatoes.

My project is to succeed and be able to provide for my family. My project now is to complete elementary school at Isauro Arancibia School where I go now. I’m now attending fifth and sixth year, and I’m in the second term. What I like most is maths. My dream is, now that I have this opportunity and I’m moving forward, to keep studying and graduate in something. What dreams do I have? How do I see myself? I am now 24 years old. I’m sure I’ll be able to graduate in something.

I get up at six in the morning because Tita, my baby, wakes up at six. We give her the bottle and she goes back to sleep, and then she wakes us up again. At nine o’clock I go to Isauro Arancibia School and I finish at noon. Then I go buy my magazines and go to my spot at Avenue Paseo Colon. Everyone knows me there.

I want to tell people thank you very much for buying the magazine that gives me a huge hand. There are people who buy from me who know my wife and daughter. I want to say hi to Mariana, who always buys five magazines from me, and thanks to all.

Interview by Ludmila Rosenzweig

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