The Andjelkov family knows this well. Milko, 47 and Dusanka, 38 have five children of various ages from 10 to 19. They make a living off of sheep and cow cheese - producing and selling 20 kilograms a week. They don’t have a car, which prevents them from taking their product to the city markets. In the period following the state of emergency, the price dropped from 500 to 350 dinars (US$5 to $3.5), which has significantly affected the family budget.
Financial challenges are a big part, but they are not all, either. Two of Milko and Dusanka’s children, Marta and Sasa, live in Dimitrovgrad because they go to high school there, and usually, over the weekends they travel the 30 km to the village to help their father and mother at the farm. But when the pandemic hit Serbia, they couldn’t go back and forth, and weren’t able to help their parents. One of the best in her class, Marta recently applied for a school scholarship but was rejected because her father has a registered farm – though it’s not large at all.