The Latest is journey in the lower Portuguese social class, the struggle that 3 millions of Portuguese live every day, the 30% of Portuguese population considered poor. Several of these people cannot find a job, which is so lucky very often receive a salary under 400 euros per month. Very often these families live in decadent houses or in garages sometime without electricity other time without water.
The problems began before the economical crisis and then they got worst: the salaries were cut; the state helps reduced or disappeared. The lack of instruction of some member of the families, the impossibility to find a job, the terrible condition of life are the signs of a system that failed, then the economical crisis and the laws done to solve it were just the lethal blow.
When there was any more hope an NGO proposed to several families to build a proper house, the families would pay just the materials and would help in the construction. This new houses doesn’t solve all their problems, but for sure they assure better condition of life and a hope that things can change.
Tommaso Rada (www.tommasorada.com) is an italian photographer based in the north of Portugal. From 2010 he is represented by 4SeePhoto agency. His work has been published in magazine and newspaper such as Financial Time, Der Spiegel, Monocle, Forbes Brazil among others. He collaborated with Unicef Mozambique. In 2012 he won the first prize in the category environment of the Estação Imagem competition, the main Portuguese photojournalist award.