- A local woman is the talk of Mzansi after clearing all her debts at the tender age of 26
- The working girl has come a long way since her days of poor spending and is encouraging others to use money more wisely
- Mzansi took to the comments section sharing their own experiences with money and their own financial advice
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A local woman has social media buzzing after sharing her impressive journey towards financial recovery. The now-more-sensible young woman had been accumulating unnecessary debt since the age of 24 and found herself in a sticky situation after suddenly being left without a job.
Heading online, @Musanathi2 shared her very inspiring story.
"At 22, I graduated Honours. At 24, got a nice job and accumulated unnecessary debt. At 25, I lost the job & was unemployed with piles of debt. At 26, I was depressed in debt," she captioned the post in part.
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However, after years of struggle, the working girl chose to live more modestly and one day secured an internship. It's clear she's definitely learnt a big lesson in financial planning.
"I got an internship. At 28, I'm debt free and know the significance of handling money well. Kuyaqaleleka," @Musanathi2 ends her post.
Speaking exclusively with Briefly News, @Musanathi2 opened up about her experience.
She started by sharing how she had lost her job in the first place.
"The markets changed quickly and I was not getting enough business to keep afloat in the job I had and therefore I was unpaid for months up until I decided to leave. I went through a period of depression and hopelessness as it became very hard to find another job, I was unemployed for nearly a year," the young lady says.
However, Musanathi kept her head high and decided to start a cooking business. She also shared that she found much comfort in a family who were willing to help her get back on her feet.
"As means to keep afloat, I started a cooking business which assisted in me at least keeping my car. I am grateful for the support of my family and welcoming me back home, it is also imperative that I highlight to all young people out there that downsizing and going back home is not a shame, it is okay to go back to the basics"
Finally, good luck struck the young lady and she secured an internship. She says living a minimal lifestyle helped her save money and is encouraging others in a tight spot to do the same.
"I lived a very minimal lifestyle during my internship year and dedicated my salary to clearing my debts which had now affected my credit record badly...I didn't socialise much meaning I could stay home and focus on getting out of the mess I had gotten myself into."
"I called all my creditors and asked to do monthly arrangements and vowed to stick to the agreed amount. I stopped going out with friends as I could no longer afford the lifestyle, I alternated between using the train, the bus and my car, so I would not have wear and tear costs and fuel costs on my car. I carried lunch to work and I lived within my means. I accepted my situation and knew that I would one day be debt-free," she added.
Local social media users applauded the young woman for fixing her mistakes. Others simply encouraged the lady and her peers to spend money a bit better in the future.
Check out some of the interesting comments below:
"This story just reminds me that we will make mistakes. I am 24 and in debt . And the key takeaway is that we will make mistakes and will start over again."
"I'll be 25 next month, unemployed and in one big debt that I don't know how to recover from... Every call I receive is from the lawyers... I'm about to sink into depression."
"Mistakes happen, There’s no formula in this life thing, tomorrow e ka ba wena, he owned up to his mistakes and now he’s debt-free."
"This is beautiful to watch. People need to understand that recovery is important and the discipline required to recover forces you to learn better."
"So true. I recently saw a tweet where a guy returned his car to a dealership. Decided to settle all debts and start afresh. For me, that is true greatness."
"Great tweet... Most people are living their lives in huge debt (car, bond, cellphone "iPhone" contracts etc.)... If only there was MONEY EDUCATION in school, not Financial Management."
"Live within your means."
Man washes trucks for income, Mzansi is inspired and want to know how to help him
In more inspiring news about locals securing the bag, Briefly News previously reported that SA long-distance truckers are showing some major love to a local man who cleans trucks for just R40. It seems the young fellow works hard to earn a living amongst truck drivers who all too often are simply robbed for what they may be transporting.
Heading online, SA Long-Distance Truckers shared the man's touching story on their Facebook page.
"This guy instead of begging and asking for handouts walks with his heavy buckets full of water between the trucks asking drivers if he can clean their trucks ...Look at how he shined up Luca argosy...Charging only 40 rands," the support group captioned the post.
The company also posted a pic of the young man in action and a snap of the sparkling clean truck.
Locals headed to the comments section and expressed much admiration for the hardworking man. Others were enthusiastic about giving support and wanted to know how they could contact the anonymous man.
Check out some of the comments below:
Mahomed Sultan said:
"Not ripping off anyone as well."
Godfadar Goddar said:
"Where is he based so that one can donate step ladder and other things for him. I saw one in Christiana as well."
Kholofelo Phofs said:
"If we can see this attitude and less intimidation towards truckers, RSA will be beautiful. Thanks for cleaning our trucks, God help you grow."
Monnapule Moletsane said:
"I'll definitely support him if I meet him, bravo bravo."
Maqhawe Kunene said:
"Atleast there is someone who believes in hustling for money not robbing & killing the drivers. First time I hear something positive about that place. BIG UP... let him get more support guys."
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Source: Briefly News