Nicoleta had a very difficult marriage, her husband being an alcoholic and abusing her and the children. They all lived in an unsafe social housing tenement, sharing the bathroom and kitchen with the other inhabitants. She and her children decided that it was better for them to separate from the father and search for different housing arrangements. They moved into the home of some friends who are working abroad.
The eldest son who is now the head of the family went to work abroad to help his mother and sisters.