Do the words hyperinflation, diaspora, poverty, unemployment, debt, but most importantly – black tax, mean anything to you? The one word that weighs heavily on my soul as a millennial, firstborn child is black tax. Black tax is a colloquial term used to describe how young, black people are expected to give financial support to their siblings, parents, and or extended family. This can cause distress as it usually means they are left with no savings after having to share their earnings with their entire family. Thus making it rather difficult to invest in order to multiply their income and in turn, stagnates their economic growth.
In an era where there are no jobs or you earn peanuts but responsibilities keep piling up, traditional methods of earning a living are quickly becoming obsolete. We, as millennials, have been forced to become rather creative with our sources of income. The ever-escalating prices of goods and services due to hyperinflation in the country means that now more than ever, multiple sources of income are a necessity. Subsequently pushing us to be enterprising individuals. This is why Elamant works in Zimbabwe.
Unavoidable monthly expenditure:
Despite all the difficulties and challenges we are facing as a nation, we still have to maintain some sort of normalcy and let life go on. With that said, there are expenses that just simply can’t be avoided.
Weely Crunch. – Every week I have to fill up my fuel tank so that I can get to work/school. I also have the responsibility of taking my siblings to school and with the weekly increase in fuel prices, this can really take a toll. The school runs these days also means checking to see if your child still has all their stationery. Those with younger children understand how they need a new pen daily or a new maths set weekly because it somehow got lost or stolen.
Pandemic Effects. – There is also the issue of data for the internet. The world is going digital. The use of the internet is no longer a luxury but a vital tool, not only for the growth and development of your child but the success of your business. Even more so now with the Corona Virus pandemic. Unfortunately, the ever-soaring tariffs of telecom companies make the use of this service quite an ordeal.
Food Run. – Weekly grocery shopping is also unavoidable. Things like bread and vegetables are perishables, and thus have to be bought more frequently. Back in the day, we could afford bulk buying, but now, not only can we not afford it, we run the risk of our food going off because of prolonged load shedding.
Necessities. – Sadly, the fact that the service is not being provided does not stop the cost of utilities being high. Water and electricity are starting to seem like they are wants and not needs. So trying to cut down costs by growing your own food via gardening still doesn’t make it cost-effective. Unless you have a borehole for water and use solar energy for electricity by your house, it’s just not worth it. Even then, you still have to be fortunate enough to have the space to grow a garden.
Giving Back. – The grandparents in the village also need groceries and a visit every fortnight. The elderly tend to have a number of ailments and consequently have numerous prescriptions that need refilling every so often. This all obviously then has to be added to the monthly budget.
Health care. – When it’s all said and done, I have to somehow squeeze out gym subscription fees because I understand that staying mentally and physically healthy now will prevent me from having to pay much larger bills in the form of hospital bills later. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that health is wealth! It’s been a struggle, to say the least, but I find ways to make it work.
How I paid for my Elamant membership:
Elamant membership is US$99. It goes without saying that, after all the expenses I mentioned above, I really didn’t have a dime to spare. Being the intelligent woman that I am, I calculated the risk and decided to borrow the money I needed. Luckily, this wasn’t much of a task for me. I had goodwill in that retrospect as I always pay back my debt. I pitched the idea of why I was borrowing the money and how it was a sound investment to my friend, (you can read all about that in my previous article) and they agreed to lend me the money. This was quite a gamble on my part, but I kept thinking of the words of Seth Godin. “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.” Inaction is the worst enemy of progress.
As it may, not everyone has someone who can lend them money. Thus my team and I have developed ways in which you can raise the money needed for your membership. Get in touch if you need assistance.
How I have been building my Elamant team:
I have absolutely no background in marketing whatsoever. Therefore it goes without saying that, trying to build my team, in the beginning, felt like an impossible mission. It really helped that Elamant’s motto is, “You are in business for yourself but not by yourself!” I have met plenty of challenges along the way, but I have also met incredible individuals who have been more than willing to lend a helping hand. Their guidance is a true symbol of teamwork. Being a millennial, I am more comfortable using the internet to invite people to join my team (which you can too by following this link). However, I’m also a bit of a “chatty Kathy,” and so, I do quite a bit of word of mouth to recruit people. There are nevertheless, a lot of doubting Thomas’ out there. For them, I just let the results of my newfound success do the talking for me. Seeing is believing, isn’t it? What gets people to join mostly, is the simple fact that you will be getting paid for something you usually throw away. Another man’s trash, is another man’s treasure, right? In this case, literally!
Living paycheck to paycheck just doesn’t cut it anymore. The customary, hard labor, hand to mouth policy of earning a living is outdated. We need to move with the times! It is said, “if you don’t adapt, you die.” We need to evolve and learn to flow with the new tide of success, because we all know, “what doesn’t bend, breaks!”
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that life is short, jobs are temporary and always save money. None of which are an easy task with the country’s economic situation. I think it’s safe to say that Zimbabwe is now the land of the side hustle. If Elamant isn’t one of or THE side hustle you’re about, sweetheart you need to question your life choices!
If you have any questions about Elamant, please feel free to leave a comment below. If you want to join, contact me (Via WhatsApp) on +263719228114 and follow this link to create a US$99 premium account. I will be your Elamant mentor. For graciously taking the time to read through my article: CLAIM YOUR BONUS HERE! My gift to you!