My name is Bheki Nzimande and this was the last thing I ever predicted would happen to me. Debt seemed like a myth and never thought it would happened to me until it did.
I wasn't the brightest student in school. I was rejected out of 4 Colleges. I went through severe depression but managed to pull myself out and worked part time and put myself through college eventually. I managed to obtain my degree in 2017 but not without the weight of debt in my shoulders.
Work seemed impossible to find. My goal was always to give the best to my family but its seems I've failed them dismerly. I was raised in a single parent home. The year I started work I became the main provider in my family having to put 2 younger sibiling through school and support my mother. My mother earns minimum wage and it hurts me every day knowing I couldn't give her the life I promised her as a kid, the big dreams I had getting out of poverty. I grew up in a squatter camp in Tembisa.
Having to settle for the only job I could get has seen me spiral into debt maxing 2 credit cards in 3 years and having to pay off my student loans. My approximate debt is $1950. To this day the smell of burning paraffin lamps haunts me. I didn't want my younger siblings to grow up the way I did. I managed to get 2 loans and build my family a home. With running water and electricity for the first time in our lives.
I would never do this if I wasn't desperate. I have to fight through my depression everyday to keep going. I have days when I just want to give it all up knowing I cant get out of debit but the thought of my family going through life with no income pains me.
All I ask is for any assistance you can offer. I honour that when I make it through,I will return the deed to someone else in need. Thank you