By Karolina Stefanski
Ewa Kowalska, a 19 year‐old Economics student and her brother, Tomasz Kowalski, a 28 year‐old unemployed journalist, live with their parents in a two‐room apartment in Kielce, a centre of trade and commerce, approximately 66 miles north of the cultural city of Cracow, Poland.
The family occupies a 650 square feet apartment in the city center. Approximately fifty percent of Mr. and Mrs. Kowalska income goes towards the mortgage of their apartment. They own a white Ford Fiesta automobile, which Mrs. Kowalska drives to work every day.
A mother of two, Elzbieta Kowalska is the major source of income in the household. She works full‐time as a bank employee. In addition, she takes weekend classes at the university of Kielce to obtain a degree in Business Administration. Her goal is to achieve a better position with a higher degree, thus improving the family’s standard of living.