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Vendor wishes: “I hope to be able to buy my own car”

Big Issue South Africa vendor Mkhululi is the latest of our global vendors to tell us about his ambitions for 2017. His goal is to start a new business.

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Training course gives Big Issue South Africa vendors a career boost

A free home care course is helping three Big Issue South Africa vendors make their dreams become a reality.

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October global street paper covers get scary

Between Halloween and Trump, there’s a frighteneing vibe on this month’s international street paper covers. Thank god for Street Cat Bob…

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Prophets of Rage to Bridget Jones – September street paper supporters

There’s support from big name stars featured on this month’s covers – but also stark reminders of why street papers are so necessary for homeless people.

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Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

August’s street paper covers have the Olympic spirit, featuring ‘cuddly lawnmowers’, a homeless wedding, Steven Spielberg, and a cheeky little bit of rickrolling.

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Sizzling summer street paper covers are animal mad!

Soak up a summery selection of animal-mad street paper covers with pugs, wolves, chickens, seagulls and crabs – plus Pikachu and the fish star of Finding Dory.

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Hard-hitting, striking… phizz-whizzing: it’s June’s street paper covers

A gloriumptious look at the world of Roald Dahl, a red-haired mischief-maker, a mafia flower plot and Yanis Varoufakis at the INSP Summit… explore June’s street paper covers.

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Our vendors: Nombambo Cele (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

“I always put a smile on my face when I sell to my customers…But if I smile and do a little dance they’ll turn around and buy a magazine.” Nobambo Cele sells The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town.

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INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

The winners of the INSP Awards 2016 were announced tonight in Athens during a glamorous celebration of excellence and innovation in street papers worldwide. Discover who took home the top awards.

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INSP Awards: best photo finalists are picture perfect

Our final five shortlisted contenders for Best Photograph at next week’s INSP Awards show the ability of street papers to offer their readers a different point of view.

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INSP Awards: striking street paper cover finalists revealed

From the political to the cultural, the bold and beautiful covers selected as finalists for the INSP Awards underscore the creativity in our network. Check out our final five ahead of the INSP Awards in Athens next week.

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Guitars for Good hits right note with music classes for vendor’s kids in Cape Town

Leroy Glam discovers why getting free guitar lessons for their children is music to Big Issue vendors’ ears in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Our Vendors: Xolani Nkomithyoboza (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

“My dream is to use my skills in business. I’m a forklifter, a tiler and a plasterer,” says Xolani who sells The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town. He lost his job but remains optimistic about the future.

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INSP Awards: discover the top 10 street paper covers for 2015/16

From the political to the cultural – and Beyoncé to Jesus Christ – the range of hard-hitting and beautiful covers nominated for the INSP Awards underscores the creativity in our network.

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INSP Awards: best photo nominees offer insight and empathy

Featuring vendors’ makeshift homes, tender moments and even ‘knights of the country road’, the nominees for Best Photograph at the INSP Awards show the ability of street papers to offer their readers a different point of view.

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Our vendors: Jakoef Gallant (The Big Issue South Africa)

Jakoef Gallant sells The Big Issue in South Africa after turning his back on a life of crime. The street paper helped him change things for the better. He talks about his past, and what made him go straight.

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Rock gods to proud vendors: February’s street paper covers are out of this world

From rock gods to proud vendors, February’s street paper covers featured lots of fascinating and inspiring people. Explore the world’s street papers here.

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Starting 2016 with street papers: January’s covers collected

Haruki Murakami, Beyonce and Bowie all graced January editions of street papers.

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World’s street papers celebrate landmark anniversaries in 2016

From a first birthday to 25 glorious years in print, find out why 2016 promises to be a big year for celebrating our street paper family.

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Check out December’s festive street papers!

We’ve got Santas galore on this month’s covers! Plus lots of kitties, gingerbread houses, elves, snowmen… and glitter.

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Bold #VendorWeek 2016 campaign launched by INSP

This year’s campaign tells vendors’ stories in a challenging and surprising way.

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Explore dozens of this month’s brilliant street paper covers

The Pope, Bond, Naomi Klein, great illustrations… and a blue wolf. It must be November’s street paper covers.

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Our vendors: Mavis Ngwevushe (The Big Issue South Africa)

“I have done so much since being a part of The Big Issue. I have gained so much confidence in myself and my abilities,” says Big Issue South Africa vendor Mavis. Read her story here.

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“He has the calm and grace of Desmond Tutu”: Hollywood debut for Big Issue South Africa vendor

“A Big Issue for you today?” Joseph Klink, 73, has been selling The Big Issue South Africa on his regular pitch in Cape Town’s Hout Bay for 18 years. Now he’s doing it on the big screen.

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Check out these amazing street paper covers from September

INSP supports more than 100 street papers across the world. Here are a selection of our favourite international covers over the last month…

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Our vendors: Phelokazi Khohlela (The Big Issue South Africa – Cape Town)

Phelokazi Khohlela lives in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town with her husband and their four children. She has been a Big Issue vendor for just over a year and started selling the street paper help provide for her family – and she’s out there doing it every day.

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What’s wrong with crime scene investigation in South Africa?

Private forensic scientist Dr David Klatzow says the Oscar Pistorius case should have been easy to solve. So why wasn’t it? The Big Issue South Africa goes behind the scenes of one of the world’s busiest morgues to find out.

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Our vendors: Cyril Mylambiso (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

When Cyril Mylambiso started selling The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town four years ago, he felt like a failure – now he is proud to have held down a job for so long.

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Cape Town athlete runs 400km for The Big Issue South Africa

During Brandon Finn’s punishing 400km run from Johannesburg to Hattingspruit in the South African province of Kwazulu-Natal, the first hour on day eight was the toughest. His lungs burned with each breath, his legs felt like lead […]