Lee: vendorweek2016

Our Vendors: Mario (Asphalt, Hanover, Germany)

After the breakdown of his marriage, Asphalt vendor Mario left it to fate – and the flight of a dart – to decide where he should move to in Germany.

Our vendors: Toyoji Yoshizawa (The Big Issue, Tokyo, Japan)

“I will tell myself every morning that ‘I should be thankful to the customers and should not become arrogant’.” Big Issue Japan vendor Yoshizawa Toyoji works in Tokyo everyday and feels that he was born to sell The Big Issue.

Our vendors: Octavia Peck (The Contributor, Nashville, USA)

Are you an optimist? “I’m a determinist. I can’t give up,” says Octavia, who sells The Contributor in Nashville.

“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.

Our Vendors: Oscar (Mi Valedor, Mexico City)

“I don’t want to die on the streets like so many others.” Oscar sells Mexico’s first street paper, Mi Valedor, in Mexico City. He reflects on how the paper is helping him get back on his feet.

Our vendors: Richard Mills – The Big Issue UK, Gloucester

“I love selling the Big Issue but I don’t think people realise what a hard job it is,” says 50-year-old Richard Mills, who sells The Big Issue in Gloucester, England.