'I was your average civil servant, and now I am your average retiree'
I retired last year after having worked for 34 years, and I am very proud of my career. I rarely indulge myself, but I can at least feed my family. My children haven’t had the same luck.
'My sons are cooks, plumbers, IT specialists, machine operators. It’s day-by-day'
I have a daughter who is working in Canada, but my three sons, despite having degrees, are unemployed and live at home. So they all do odd jobs here and there. They are cooks, plumbers, IT specialists, or machine operators. It’s day-by-day. Kabylie’s youth is lost and only focusses on one thing: moving abroad.
'Thanks to my articles, some months I can earn an extra 40 euros'
Luckily, in addition to my pension, I write articles for Algerian newspapers. I’m paid 30 euros for a long article and 10 euros for shorter ones, which means some months I can earn an extra 40 or 50 euros.
'In total, we have six adults living at home, so I spend an extra 250 euros per month on groceries'
Counting my wife and my 86-year-old mother, who lives with us because she has nowhere else to go, we have six adults living at home. So I make a budget each month, and everything is calculated. I spend the most on food: 250 euros per month. In March, I went to France for 15 days. I paid 200 euros for my ticket, and a friend let me stay at their house. In the end, it took me a year to save for the vacation, and once I was there I spent very little.