Caritas had 20% increase in requests for help from Portuguese families

17/11/2013 in Lusa

“This crisis is hitting an unthinkable range of not only middleclass but the upper middle class, as well”, said the president of the institution.

“There are workers who received considerable incomes because they worked on their own, however as a result of the crisis the amount of productions has drained. Many of them have tried everything to save their enterprises and as a result are now in debt. Many people entered a spiral of debt that threw them into a situation of poverty, which they will find hard to get of in the near future.” Said Eugénio Fonceca from the Portuguese Caritas. Also, people’s requests have changed with the crisis; earlier, people asked for work, today the – “needs are so big that they ask for food”.


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