Until three years ago Mahesh was working for a blue chip company in south London.
He had a good salary and a home of his own. However, force of circumstances saw his life change dramatically, which led to him being jobless and homeless.
“In less than 18 months, my life collapsed; hostels, friends sofas and rough sleeping became ‘home’ all too quickly,” Mahesh says. For many vendors at Christmas this is their reality. But Mahesh approached The Big Issue and The Big Issue Foundation and started to rebuild his life; he was determined to make a change and started working 10 hours a day, seven days a week.