Due to the public’s longstanding negative impression of street vendors, the first step for any disabled person working on the streets is learning to let go of their ego. Selling in the street isn’t merely about dealing with the weather, but also a severe test of one’s physical condition. After a long day’s hawking, individuals sometimes earn even less than the money for a square meal.

New Wheel Foundation Director, Chen An-zong (陈安宗), said that many people with disabilities find it very inconvenient to go out. In an effort to assist those with disabilities work together, he began building a more humane space, providing street vendors with dorm rooms that are almost entirely barrier-free.

The Street Vendors Foundation provides free accommodation to street vendors; through education and training, it is actively helping street vendors reverse their negative public image. Though the work of street vendors seems unassuming, each wheelchair warrior has their own unique life story to tell.

(以下为中文对照)

社会长期对街卖者的观感不佳,让街卖者从事这项工作的第一步,就是要学会放下自尊,街卖不只要看天气,还要考验他们的身体状况,辛勤的叫卖,一天的收入常常也只能跟吃饭钱打平。

新巨轮协会理事长陈安宗表示,有很多身障者外出不方便,为了让很多的身障者可以一起工作,所以开始打造更人性化的空间,每一个房间几乎都是无障碍的动向。

街卖者基金会提供给街卖者免费住宿,透过教育训练,积极帮助街卖者扭转形象,不起眼的街卖工作,却是每一位轮椅斗士的生命故事。

Disabled street vendors fight