Elderly Greek woman ekes out a living on the street
An elderly woman sits on Patission Street near central Athens and knits on Saturday, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The 85-yearold sells her handmade scarves, socks and other goods to passers-by to make a living. A grinding recession in Greece has left more than 30 percent of the population near the poverty line. Efforts by non-government organizations, volunteers and religious institutions have softened the blow for many. But continuing austerity continues to leave thousands, young and old, with virtually no income.