Mária and József raise 6 children in Csanytelek, Hungary.
Luca and Bence Borsos watching television in the evening in their house.
Weekend lunch at the Borsos family. The family must spend almost all their income on food and on raising the children, covering their most basic needs.
The difficulties and the lack of funds are raising contsant problems: the biggest help is the family union.
Everday life is a challenge taken succesfully despite all the circumstances.
Ducks and geese in the backyard of the house. The poultry stock of the family is decreasing year by year.
The father of Mária, Ferenc lived with in the family home in Csánytelek for years. In 2015 he died in a heart attack.
Family football at the backyard of the Borsos house.
The situation of the family is not extraordinary at all: in the poorest areas families are practically pulling through. Poverty affects nearly three million people in Hungary, more than one million of these people must endure extreme poverty, which is a tremendously high number for a country with a population of 9.9 million.
Mária got a job after many years again, she is the bartender of the local pub from 6 am to 9 pm, Monday to Friday, earning 19 USD per day.
The children of the Borsos family wait the local bus at 6:30am in the morning in order to get to school in time.
According to the latest data almost half of young children live in poverty in Hungary.
Mária and her daughter, Luca preparing for school early in the morning. Luca leaves the house and goes to school every morning at 6.30 with her brother.
The family later on has also face the problems of the mass departure of people, which seriously affects rural villages. In Hungary already the half of people between 19 and 30 would like to work abroad.
The Borsos family
The Borsos family of eight members lives in the village of Csanytelek, Csongrád county, Hungary. The everyday life and the problems of the family are perfect reflections of the problems of eastern Hungary. The main income of the family is the state aid they receive after each child, altogether 460 USD per month at the moment. Their disadvantaged situation under the poverty threshold is not unique: one-third of the population lives below the poverty line in Hungary, and more than 12% in extreme poverty.
Mária and József not only have to deal with the difficulties of upbringing 6 children in their everyday lives, but also with the unemployment typical to the area. Both of them tries to do seasonal work in order to raise the monthly wage, but this work is as casual as underpaid.
The bonds between parents and children are much stronger than the problems they have to face day by day, although living within the limits set by poverty.