The story of Carola: the skills and strength you do not think you have

Carola is an Italian 40-year-old mother of three children, Nunzio, Andrea and Julian, aged 6, 3 and 1. She has known poverty since she was a child.


When Carola, as a girl, met her husband she says it was like meeting a guardian angel for her, “Within a short time we went to live together in Palermo and, after a while, our first son was born”. When her husband lost his job, their dark period began, the bad path, as she defines it.

“We fell further and further down. We could not pay the rent, another child arrived, we were in great difficulty, and we did not even have a euro to buy our children an ice cream. I was crying because I did not even have money for bread; I did not know what to do. Then, I met the educators of the project, and from then on, my life began to change. They supported our family, both from a material and human perspective. Above all, they provided the support I needed for my children through the workshops that I follow with them every week. I understood that there is no shame in finding yourself in difficulty and that with the right help, you can bring out the skills and strength you did not think you had to face and solve problems.”