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Special anniversary edition of L’Itinéraire is 100% vendors – literally

To celebrate its anniversary, Montreal street paper L’Itinéraire invited its talented vendors to take charge of the whole paper. The result is 100% vendors… and 100% brilliant.

“He was just a friend”: Denver Voice vendor on meeting Johnny Cash

Meeting music legends Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley might have left your average American teenager starstruck. But not Denver VOICE vendor Penny! She recalls jamming with some of the country’s most iconic musicians when she was a teen in Nashville, and explains how she later became homeless in Denver, Colorado.

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.

Former Big Issue vendor’s journey from the streets to Fleet Street

Ex-Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson went from sleeping rough in London to working for one of the city’s top law firms, thanks to The Big Issue Foundation. He shares his inspirational story and explains why he’s supporting The Big London Night Walk tomorrow.

Our vendors: Ali Nur Mohamed (Surprise – Basel, Switzerland)

Attacked by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab in his native Somalia, it was a miracle that Ali Nur Mohamed was not killed. He has found safety and hope selling Swiss street paper Surprise in Basel. He tells his story.

Curbside Chronicle vendors: “How I See Oklahoma City”

“I hope that these photographs can open people’s eyes, hearts, and minds to the issue of homelessness in our community.” The Curbside Chronicle paired its vendors with professional photographers to capture Oklahoma City from their perspective.

Our vendors: William Howard (Street Roots – Portland, Oregon, USA)

“I’m going to sell papers, get off the streets and be a productive citizen,” vowed William Howard when he first started selling Street Roots in Portland, Oregon. And that’s exactly what he did.

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.