More and more people have to rely on social assistance in the capital region despite being in employment as their wages are not enough to cover their essential expenses. One of these people is Kirsi Ahola from Vantaa. Ahola is currently in wage-subsidised employment at a second-hand shop in Simonkylä, Vantaa, operated by the local organisation of the unemployed. She presumed after receiving the job that she would no longer need additional benefits but was proven wrong.
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When wage is not enough to survive
“I have no other choice because the rents are so high. I have to secure a minimum income somehow. I simply wouldn't get by without benefits,” she says.