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Informal Economy

Informal Economy
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A street vendor - Amor

Amor, 44 year old, sells vegetables in Manila. Since her arrival, four years ago, Amor has been working as street vendor in the colonial area of the city, very popular for tourists as well as local population. Amor is satisfied with her business. She has a lot of flexibility in term of working time: she can freely decide when to work or not and for how long. She also likes the possibility to decide whatever she chooses about her job and her life without any imposition. Furthermore, everything she earns she keeps! By contrast, Amor sometimes has to cope with public authorities’ harassment against informal street vendors. She must also hope to be always healthy and fit to be able to face the day-to-day work (no SSS, PhilHealth, as the public system does not accommodate their needs). Actually, Amor has limited access to healthcare and faces higher medical costs when she gets sick.

This might change, as Amor is member of a strong and popular trade union, which negotiated with the government a public programme giving incentives to the self- employed. As a condition, Amor first has to register her activity. The municipality promised to help the union to facilitate access to social security and health insurance regime for their members. 

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