Horticulturalist for 15 years, Laëtitia Sarde has been inactive since the first confinement. After months of insecurity of unemployment and sick leave, she and her daughter became homeless. “It’s very difficult“, she confides. Her salary suddenly drops from 1,500 euros to 1,000 euros per month; once the rent and the bills have been paid, the accounts sink into the red. The single mother then faces an unprecedented situation.”We get to social assistance, she testifies. I never thought I would find myself in this situation.“
She owes her salvation to La Fraternité, an institution in Salon-de-Provence (Bouches-du-Rhône). For 30 years, the boss, Claude Cortési, has been fighting poverty and hard knocks with his association. Usually, 15 emergency packages are distributed every day. Since the spring, demand has more than doubled: the crisis has brought in new beneficiaries, men and women suddenly deprived of work.