“At the moment, I am totally dependent on all the allowances. Fortunately, there are additional funds from the municipality, such as the energy allowance, which I will have soon. In general, I am just making ends meet, but nothing unexpected should happen. If the limit goes up minimum wage to €14 an hour, then all those tractors and bureaucracy would not be needed. Everyone would be able to make ends meet, saving a lot of administrative hassle.”
“You sometimes hear that you can’t file a complaint if you receive money from the government, but in fact you don’t quite get it. You have to meet very strict requirements and often come for inspection. I want to show that nobody wants this. With a job you have more money and a life.” Prettier. That’s why I always feel bad when I’m seen as some kind of exploiter.”
When you stop saying yes, your friends stop asking you and your life shrinks.
“Relationship with friends is also an issue. I live in an expensive city, and people like to do things outside the home. When you stop saying yes, they stop asking you and your life gets smaller. Also, people don’t always understand my situation. For example, they ask Mostly when will I go back to work, while they can also ask how I’m doing. I need to focus on getting better first.”
“I notice that it’s a taboo to talk about poverty. People don’t ask about it often, whereas I want to be open about it. Sometimes people look down on me. When it falls on others, people lash out because they think: I’ll pay for it. Especially people who don’t know your story.” They can be very judgmental. That’s why I want to share this story, and also to others who are having a hard time.”