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Vendor City Guide: Naples

The Big Issue has been reaching out to vendors across the street paper network to get the inside scoop on the cities they know best. This instalment features Scarp de’ tenis vendor Sergio Gatto talking about Naples.

Our vendors: Palmer Efosa (zebra., Merano, Italy)

34-year-old zebra., vendor Palmer is originally from Nigeria. He spoke to the street paper about his childhood, looking for work and how much he enjoys talking to the elderly as he’s selling the street paper.

South Tyrol’s zebra. follows in street papers’ footsteps with first CEO selling event

CEO selling events are a staple way for street papers to drum up interest and educate both high-flying business people and celebrities, as well as regular members of the public, on the work they do. South Tyrol’s zebra. held their first ever such event earlier this month, inviting sports brand mogul Heiner Oberrauch to sell the street paper with vendor David Charles for an afternoon. The magazine’s editor Lisa Frei reports back on how it went.

Our vendors: Giuseppe Scognamiglio (Scarp de’ tenis, Naples, Italy)

Giuseppe has been working as a Scarp de ‘tenis vendor for five years in Naples, Italy. After experiencing a difficult period in his life, which was triggered by the death of his wife, Giuseppe found Scarp de ‘tenis and was able to make a new start. He’s grateful for the financial security that his work gives him and is delighted to have fallen in love again: with music.

Suddenly illegal: How Italy’s new anti-asylum law is affecting zebra. vendors

As vendors of South Tyrolean street paper zebra. congregated for their annual meeting, on this occasion celebrating the publication’s fifth birthday, some left with a bad taste in their mouths. This is due to the new controversial amendment to the asylum law by Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini which directly affects some zebra. vendors, leaving them in a concerning position.

Our vendors: Anna Di Toma (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

After finding it difficult to find employment after returning to Milan following a 15-year absence and entering her 60s, Anna was introduced to Scarp de’ tenis by Caritas. She now works as a magazine vendor and is touched by the solidarity that those around her demonstrate when they buy copies of the magazine from her.

Vendor City Guide: Milan

In collaboration with The Big Issue, vendors from street papers across the world have been sharing some insider tips on the cities they live and work in, which we are sharing during #VendorWeek. Here, Scarp de’ tenis vendor Aldo talks about Milan.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Happy Eweroe (Zebra, Brixen, Italy)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. In the final instalment of this series, Zebra vendor Happy talks about his love of gospel music.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Claudio Calò (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Scarp de’ tenis vendor Claudio reminisces about the Italian countryside through his favourite song of all time.

Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis comes to the small screen in new documentary series

This week, Italian broadcasting network TV2000 will air a four-episode documentary series celebrating the work of Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis, the lives of its vendors and those who work with homeless people in their daily lives. The show is gaining national interest thanks to the participation of film star Giacomo Poretti, who presents with “irony and a lightness of touch”.

Our vendors: Castrenze Maggiore (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

Castrenze has been hit hard by Italy’s financial crisis, more than once in his life. But now settled in a home as a Scarp vendor, things are looking up.

How can Italy support its homeless women?

Over the last few years, homeless women have become a familiar sight on the streets of Italy and the problem of homelessness has been steadily increasing among Italy’s female population. As the number of homeless women continues to rise, Scarp explores the reasons behind this and learns more about the unique problems that are faced by women living on the street.

Our vendors: Marcello (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

“Thanks to Scarp de’ tenis, I am able to smile today,” says Marcello, who sells the magazine in Milan. Here, he talks about this past, the circumstances that led to him becoming homeless and his hope that, in the future, he will be able to repay the kindness that he received while homeless by helping others in need.

Our vendors: Tommaso (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

Tommaso, a Scarp de’ tenis vendor in Italy, tells us about his close relationship with his brother and how it has helped him push through some of the more challenging periods of his life.

Our vendors: Sergio (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

Sergio has a talent for woodworking and he is never too busy to help someone out.

Scarp de’ tenis delighted with prestigious Biagio Agnes award win

Italian street paper Scarp de’ tenis has been recognised for its commitment to raising awareness of homelessness through journalism after being presented with an award in Sorrento.

Our vendors: John (Scarp de’ tenis, Milan, Italy)

Having fled Ghana due to political instability, John has lived in Italy since 2007. Selling Scarp de’ tenis lets him keep in touch with family back home as he seeks his dream job as a gardener.

Our vendors: Mimmo Capuozzo (Scarp de’ tenis, Naples, Italy)

Mimmo is a veteran vendor of Scarp de’ Tenis whose time with the paper has helped him change course in life. “Patience helped me – and still does – to set a good example for my family.”

Dining for one euro: Salerno’s social restaurant is no soup kitchen

Opened last May, social restaurant Elpis offers meals for the token price of one euro. The restaurant has one important rule: you can eat there for a maximum of three months.

Scarp de’ tenis celebrates 200 editions – and 20 years on the streets of Italy

Scarp de’ tenis celebrates its 200th edition this April. The historic edition features 10 people that have embodied what the street paper means to its vendors and readers, over the last 20 years.

Arrivederci to Italy’s ‘grandfather’ vendor on his retirement from Scarp de’ tenis

Antonio Mininni is set to retire after 20 years at Scarp de’ tenis. As the Italian street paper celebrates its 200th edition, Antonio says he’s looking forward to getting a lie in.

INSP Advent Calendar: day 21

We’re getting towards the end of our #INSPadvent calendar. Claudio says he will be selling Scarp de’ tenis outside Milan’s churches this Christmas. Open the window to read his story…

Italy’s Scarp de’ tenis joins INSP’s worldwide movement of street papers

Scarp de’ tenis was founded in Milan in 1994. It is now part of a network that spans more than 100 street papers in 36 countries.