#VendorLetters: 18-year-old Iso Numero vendor Anglia hopes her future self will be at home with her daughter

INSP has been asking vendors from across the street paper network to write letters to their 25-year-old self to mark the end of INSP’s 25th anniversary year. Many of the contributions involved looking back to the past, but 18-year-old Iso Numero vendor Anglia is thinking to the future. She is currently selling the magazine in Helsinki.


When I turn 25, in about seven years, I see myself living in Romania in my own house. Now we live with my husband’s parents when we are there. I hope I will not have to leave my home country anymore; that I can stay there with my husband and child – or then, children – and have a possibility to earn a salary there. I will work and do everything for this dream.

I think I will still feel young when I am 25. I hope I will have done many things by then, that I will be an ambitious woman, capable of getting over the difficulties of life, to be able to cope with them.

Iso Numero vendor Anglia

Now is a difficult moment in my life: I had to leave my baby in Romania with my mother-in-law just two weeks after she was born to go earn money. I sell Iso Numero here in Finland. I am a good vendor and have my regular customers that know me very well. They ask me about the baby, I expect them to ask because I think they love me, but often it makes them cry and then I cry as well.

Even if I feel that it was a difficult choice to leave – I am not happy that I had to – I hope in the future I will be able to better understand different situations of life and will not have trouble making the decisions I need to make. If I had the possibility to earn in Romania, I would never have left, but it is expensive to have a baby there. I want to offer more for my daughter.

If I wrote a letter to my young daughter for her 25th birthday, I would want her to know I was here in order for her to have possibilities, that I work for her. I am here so that she doesn’t have to miss anything.

Check back in every day over the festive period for more #VendorLetters.

INSP members can download the #VendorLetters feature on the INSP News Service.