Assen Ivanov Yordanov is a Roma shoe black from Sofia, Bulgaria. For 30 years, he polished shoes in Soviet-run shoe shining salons.

After the collapse of communism in Bulgaria, Yordanov went into business for himself and tried to make a living as an independent shiner in Sofia's central train station.

But for the 70-year-old, he's found that the business is dying, and finding enough money to support his extended family is becoming more and more difficult.

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