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Our vendors: Ntombovuyo Cekiso (The Big Issue, Cape Town, South Africa)

Ntombovuyo Cekiso, 29, sells The Big Issue at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. After moving to Cape Town over ten years ago, Ntombovuyo struggled to find secure employment. However, since becoming a Big Issue vendor, she has found both financial security and job satisfaction, and her life has changed for the better.

The Covers of March: A round-up of this month’s front pages

Another month is coming to a close, meaning it’s time to reflect on the street paper covers that have been making waves amongst vendors and readers alike during March.

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

Our vendor on the pitch, Nancy Mngqelana, 53, sells The Big Issue magazine in Claremont. She shares her inspiration and aspirations, and her story ‘sew’ far.

Second annual ONE Festival of Homeless Arts officially kicks off on World Homeless Day

The ONE Festival of Homeless Arts showcases and celebrates works of art, in a variety of mediums, imagined and created by people who have experienced homelessness. Curated and compiled by artist and campaigner David Tovey, the exhibition at the Diorama Arts Centre kicked off its second instalment on World Homeless Day.

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

Progress Cembi, 46, sells The Big Issue at Cavendish Square, Claremont, in Cape Town. He tells us about his journey as a Big Issue entrepreneur and about his hopes for his and his family’s future.

INSP Awards: Best Cover 2017 Nominees Revealed

It’s been another brilliant year for street paper covers, and we’re delighted to announce the first set of nominees for this year’s INSP Awards – kicking off with the hotly-contested Best Cover category.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Starting 2016 with street papers: January’s covers collected

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

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.

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.

Bold #VendorWeek 2016 campaign launched by INSP

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

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.