When their working day is over, our sales people need to relax and regain some energy, just like everyone else. But where do they go? In this years calendar we show you how those after-working-hours look like for twelve of our co-workers.
Csaba is from Hungary. He’s determined to make it on his own but needs money to afford medical care. Csaba sells Faktum and saves very penny he can. He lives in a second-hand caravan, close to a church in Mölndal. He got the caravan from a customer, who turned into a good friend. This is his retreat, a place to gain new strength and a roof over his head.
Emmelie has had a rough life. A life of addiction, drugs and so called friends that have made her feel even worse. Her turning point was when she met her boyfriend, Mattias at rehab. They now live together in Jönköping and her life is starting to get back on track. Her job at Faktum helps her daily. “I’m clean and well”, Emmelie tells us.
Jespers’ life change completely when he was in a car accident. He was badly injured and paralyzed and the after-effects still affect his mental health. Jesper’s a collector but also very artistic. Selling Faktum helps him to have a daily routine and a place in society. He sometimes finds old paint cans that he brings to his living quarters in Malmö, where his lavatory has become his studio.
Lakos says that nature is magic. That it’s a manifestation of all the power in the universe. He lives in a tent close to a cemetery in Gothenburg and is a philosopher and musician. But he’s sad about his violin being stolen. Nowadays he carries his instruments wherever he goes. Lakos sells Faktum, outside the city where he’s the only sales person there.
Anne and Tjabo live on a friend’s sofa. Her belongings are on the table, a picture of George Harrison among with other important things. Anne has been offered a place of her own, but she wouldn’t be able to have her dog there. So they continue to share the sofa – and their job at Faktum.
Khan thought he had found the love of his life when he met a Swedish girl in India. She got pregnant, travelled back to Sweden and he followed her. But the relationship ended. And now Khan is the father to a boy and to be able to stay in Sweden he sells Faktum. “If I can’t earn my living, there’s no hope I can get joint custody” he says. He checks into the Homeless shelter in Malmö every evening and locks everything he owns into a locker.
Lillemor loves selling Faktum and the fact that she has a purpose. She loves meeting people and enjoys talking to her customers and co-workers. They have become her family. She lives in Malmö and collects little porcelain figurines. She gets all 280 of her little Santa’s out every Christmas.
Kalju is smart and knows how to present himself. He sells Faktum late afternoons and evenings and meets people on their way home and others on their way out for the night. He’s not happy about where he lives. It’s a place for older former addicts and Kalju is only 48.
A lot of people in Gothenburg recognise Bertil. Nowadays he sells in Nordstan, a shopping mall in the city centre. That wouldn’t have happened a while ago as Bertil suffered from social phobia. But selling Faktum has helped him. Now he has his own apartment, a dog and three cats.
Marie is a grandmother and her grandchildren are always on her mind. Her greatest wish is that they will someday be able to come and visit her, but today that’s not possible. Her apartment isn’t fit for children but she’s trying to get help from her landlord. Marie is struggling with her everyday life and the routine of selling Faktum helps her. She likes getting out and meeting people.
Frans has sold Faktum for a long time, ever since it started. His place is at Järntorget right in the middle of the city, but enjoys being in nature and thinks a lot about our planets future. He’s an artist and paints in the training flat he’s in at the moment. He would like to sell his art and has had several exhibitions.
Victoras and Cristinel are brothers. They came to Gothenburg to work and provide for their families back in Romania. It’s difficult, even though Cristinel is a trained chef. They now sell Faktum and live outside a church in the city centre. They also help people that have recently arrived to Sweden, that don’t know where to go.
Faktum is Sweden’s largest street paper. Every year we release a calendar to put the spotlight on social issues in Sweden. The calendar is critical not only to voice our opinion, but also economically for the street sellers.