Big Issue vendors earn $27 million

21 March 2018 Magazine

Big Issue vendors earn $27 million

We're dancing in the streets this week because The Big Issue has hit a big milestone – $27 million has gone directly into the pockets of street vendors!

This $27 million has been collectively earned by more than 6,500 vendors who have sold The Big Issue magazine since it launched in Australia in 1996.

Today, more than 550 vendors are proudly working, selling The Big Issue in rain, hail and shine – like Phil, who can often be found doing his happy dance on Elizabeth Street outside Melbourne Central.

Many people know The Big Issue is a special magazine sold on the street by very special people, but not everyone knows exactly how it works.

Big Issue vendors, who come from backgrounds of homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage, run their own microbusiness.

They buy copies of the magazine for $3.50 and sell them for $7, keeping 100 per cent of the profits. Now that's something to make a song and dance about!

But selling The Big Issue isn't just about earning a meaningful income. Vendors gain a sense of pride from their work and have the opportunity to reconnect with the community through you, our readers.

So thank you for supporting The Big Issue!

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