Lee: ourvendors

Our vendors: Gernot (Augustin, Vienna, Austria)

Gernot Holzinger is an Augustin vendor who lives in Vienna. Here, he talks candidly about his past and problems with addiction, and talks about his involvement with the paper.

Our vendors: Wally and Chauncey (Street Roots, Portland, USA)

Wally and Chauncey are a Street Roots selling, comedy double act. But it hasn’t always been a laugh. Here, they tell the story of how they met.

Our vendors: Mildred (The Curbside Chronicle, Oklahoma City, USA)

Curbside vendor Mildred has faced her fair share of challenges. She tells us about her personal history and describes the ways in which being a Curbside vendor, her faith and love of art are helping her to move forward.

Our vendors: Andy (Big Issue North, Sheffield, UK)

We meet up with vendor Andy, for whom change has been afoot. He tells Big Issue North about his new flat, vents his political frustrations and shares his experiences as a vendor of the magazine.

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

Although Luis seems reluctant to open up at first, he is candid about how much selling HBA means to him. Most important to him is the opportunity it affords him to meet so many different people.

Our vendors: Cynthia Ellington (Denver Voice, Denver, USA)

Cynthia, a talented and passionate dancer, moved to Denver to help out her brother who was experiencing homeless. By getting involved with selling street papers, she has found a bigger family than she could ever have expected.

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

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

Our vendors: Rose Gascon (Real Change, Seattle, USA)

Rose moved to the US from the Philippines and she has been through some big changes in her life. But working with Real Change has finally made her life change for the better.

Our vendors: Raitis (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Raitis (60) sells Hinz & Kunzt in front of German supermarket Edeka on Stresemannallee, Hamburg.

Our vendors: Mirko (Liceulice, Belgrade, Serbia)

A story about Liceulice’s vendor Mirko Ondrik. He talks about his family, how he became a vendor for the magazine, about the new friends he has made and about his hobbies; photography and cooking.

Our vendors: Alexandra (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Alexandra used to work as a street musician, travelling between Hamburg and Romania. Now she sells Hinz&Kunzt, and sees her future in Hamburg: she proudly explains that her daughter can already speak very good German.

Our vendors: Simon (L’itinéraire, Montréal, Canada)

Simon first ended up on the street at the age of 16, where crime and drug use got him into trouble with the law. He eventually found stability and started a family, before the death of his father led to another downward spiral. Now he sells L’Itinéraire, and says it probably saved his life.