We got by each day even though we were not rich

Written , Finances

My name is Mashudu. I am a young woman from Limpopo. I grew up surrounded by both my parents and grandparents. We were not rich, but we got by each day.

After I completed my matric in 2008, I had already applied at a University. I had achieved distinctions, so acceptance was easy, but I knew that my family would not have the money. My mom and my grandmother (who was now a widow after losing my grandfather the year before) did all they could so that I could register and I started applying for study loans. These loans didn't cover all the needs so my family still needed to assist. My struggles drove my parents apart leaving only my mom to deal with everything.

To cut a long story short, after all the sleepless nights, the no-food nights, no-warm-clothes winters and everything else, I graduated with an engineering diploma and I am working, studying further and engaged to the most amazing man. I can now take care of my family.

My biggest lesson is "circumstances must not cloud your vision to see the bright future ahead of you".

Featured

Nathan

Story-sharing can change a young person’s life

Read more about Story-sharing can change a young person’s life

You may also like

KZN Bridge Feature Image

Effective community mediation begins with empathy

Nobody wins during community unrest. At our recent peace-building Bridge event with clerics in the KZN region, the sentiment was clear: we cannot stand by idly and let division and unrest unfold. We need more community mediators.

Read more about Effective community mediation begins with empathy
Jhb Peace building Bridge 5

Building peace is the work of the Church

"The Church needs to become mediators in the event of unrest. We need to represent to people what peace is. Churches should be a place of refuge to all, regardless of whether they are members or not.” – Rev. Samu Khanyile

Read more about Building peace is the work of the Church
Dr J at Rosebank Union 2
Bonolo Mokua

We need our elders' stories

When elders share their stories, it bridges generational gaps, fosters understanding, and creates a sense of continuity between the past, present and future.

Read more about We need our elders' stories
Foreign nationals living in Johannesburg talk about their struggles in finding a home away from home

Foreign nationals talk about their struggles in finding a home away from home

The Sister Mura Foundation is providing medical, financial, and emotional support while upskilling foreign nationals living with HIV/AIDS in SA.

Read more about Foreign nationals talk about their struggles in finding a home away from home
David Lau 2286 1

David’s love letter

His only connection to his birth mother is a letter, two pieces of gold jewellery, and a teddy bear. Now he wants to know more about the mother who gave him up for adoption as a baby.

Read more about David’s love letter
A dream deferred leads to a life of leadership and success

A dream deferred leads to a life of leadership and success

Olefile Masangane has achieved what he thought would be impossible.

Read more about A dream deferred leads to a life of leadership and success