Voices of experience

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These are the stories of people with experience of living in poverty in the US and UK.

 
Photo  by Chelsea London Philllips

Photo by Chelsea London Philllips

‘paul’ (name changed for privacy), Hackney, London

After a difficult early start in life, including living in a family struggling to make ends meet and being expelled from school, 19-year-old ‘Paul’ is working with the charity, Shoreditch Trust to acquire new skills. His goal is to run his own business. ‘Paul’ talks to Project Twist-It about how stereotypes around people in poverty can hurt and he explains why increasing understanding and empathy should be a priority for us all

Christine Riccionne shares her lived experience of working poverty.

Christine Riccionne shares her lived experience of working poverty.

Christine Riccionne: Charleston, South Carolina

After working multiple low-income jobs in South Carolina, Christine Riccionne reflects on what it’s like to live hand-to-mouth in precarious work. She explains how a couple of unforeseen difficulties led to destitution for her family – and to her living on the streets. Listen as she talks about what it feels like to be marginalised and why we need to wake up to working poverty rather than accept it as normal. (We interviewed with Christine in her home, with slight Aircon noise in the background).