LIFE OF A PROVIDER
I was forced to drop out of school at the age of 16 after my father succumbed to liver disease in the early ’80s.
I’m the firstborn in a family of six children. We used to live from hand to mouth. I had to find temporary jobs to help my unemployed mother who was on TB treatment. I played the fatherly role to my siblings when my peers were still enjoying their high school days.
I went from odd jobs to working for a construction company at the age of 20. I was the sole breadwinner and somehow I managed to buy groceries and school uniforms and pay for school fees with the little I earned.
Three years later I found a job at a filling station. When my two siblings finished college and found jobs, they took over from me as joint breadwinners.
Instead of having a small break, my girlfriend became pregnant with our second child. We subsequently tied the knot. My wife was unemployed and I became the sole breadwinner for my own family.
Today I’m 50 years old and still striving for my children to get a good education. Almost all my life I’ve been working hard to make my siblings and kids happy. It pleases me to see them happy.
I measure my success by the difference I make in other people’s lives, not by my material possessions. BREADWINNER, EMAIL