Our vendors: Javier Mouteira (Hecho en Bs. As., Buenos Aires, Argentina)

By Javier Mouteira, Hecho en Bs. As. vendor

I became a vendor for Hecho en Bs. As. six years ago. The truth is that for me, joining the network of vendors was a really positive thing because at that time, I was out of work, with no prospects, and I was 51 years old, so considering my age, it was nearly impossible to get a job with a decent wage.

One of the advantages of being part of HBA is that the job means I am able to pay for a place to live. Being an HBA vendor, not only can I support myself financially, but it also allowed me to pursue my desire to study at university; I am now studying history at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and that has been really good for my mental state.

I also have to say that being able to manage your own working hours is a huge advantage, as I am then able to plan all my other activities. Thanks to the magazine, I can do a lot of things that I had put off at other times in my life, mostly due to a lack of work.

There are always people who congratulate you on the magazine. And it’s gratifying to know that the readers don’t just buy Hecho en Bs. As. out of solidarity, but because of its content, which is something I always point out. The people who buy it from me always comment on the quality of the articles that we publish because they address topics that you very rarely find in any other media outlet. This is very gratifying for all the HBA vendors.

I would like to send a message to the readers through this interview: I would like to thank them, more than anything, and ask them to keep buying the magazine which represents years of quality. And I’d also like to point out that HBA is a blessing to us all, including them.

Javier was speaking to Darío Herrera. Translated from Spanish by Louisa Devine / Translators Without Borders

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