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