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I would like to share our story with you. I'm sorry for doing so in English. Even after 15 years in Poland, my Polish is a disaster.

We came to live here in 2005. My husband is Polish and I am Dutch. We built a small mixed farm, mainly for our own use. Besides farming for ourselves, we offer agrotourism services.

The farm was my job, while my husband was taking care of the agrotourism part. Unfortunately, a few years after arriving in Poland I became severely ill and after had to give up my dairy goats. Working on the land also became impossible.

We luckily received a small benifit (600 euro) from the Netherlands thanks to the EU regulations. Our income was about 2000 euro monthly, the bigger part coming from my husband's agrotourism.

But now it has evaporated. There are no government measures to offer relief to those who, like us, are in the agrotourism sector. No help whatsoever - we are neither a company nor a farm.

Although we have an official legal status, this one is did not make it to any of the government's shields.  As a result, now we are down to an income of 600 euro a month for a family of 3 living in Poland and our daughter studying in Berlin. We were able to cope for a few months, but the borders remain closed for foreigners. Practically all of our guests come from outside of Poland, so the outlook is very grim.

So far, this has been our story of this pandemic.

All the best,

Dieuwke Brejwo

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