Between 670,000 and 1.2 million households may find it difficult to pay the necessary bills with persistently high prices, according to the CPB. Due to the rising prices in life articles, gas and energy, the hashtag #Ikredhetnietmeer has been created. BNNVARA is making a series about it, with the story of Rotterdam Nashrin Nasibdar in yesterday’s episode.
For more than twenty years, Nasibdar has been dealing with financial problems. Her ex-husband caused the first problems in the family. “He did things that are not allowed,” says the Rotterdam mother. “We were fined after fine, for example for fare evasion. We went to borrow money from the bank, but of course there is interest on that and we could not pay that. Then I lost my job. You cannot get rid of those debts.”
Financial concerns in #Ikredhetnietmeer of BNNVARA
Financial concerns were growing. “At some point you have to see where you are going to get it. Who are you going to turn to again? If you’ve knocked on someone’s door many times before, you’re like, ‘Here I come again.” Because of this situation, the eldest daughter of the family, Mia Nasibdar, learns from an early age to watch her money. “You could already see it in very small things. If I asked Mom for soup or something, there was no money for it. She even wore slippers in the winter, because there was simply no money to buy winter stuff. Then she gave us the right stuff.”
With the rising prices, it is only more difficult for the family to make ends meet. But with the help of a budget coach, they manage to make it. “He was able to remove some money from every pot and gave me fifty euros living money. Normally I have a hundred euros. For people with five people in a household, that is really very little,” says the mother of the family. But the budget coach made this decision for a reason. “We don’t even have a spare jar for you. If there is a bill, how are we going to pay it?”
Buying a present for her son’s birthday is not an option in the near future. “That’s what he says: hey, we just have a good time together, don’t we? But for me as a mother, it’s hard for him to turn every dime to see how we’re going to survive.”
In this crisis there are plenty of stories to tell from people who can no longer make it, but luckily there are also a lot of great initiatives by Dutch people who help each other. For example, Henk Asbraken is in the kitchen of neighborhood restaurant Filah in Amsterdam-West, where people can eat for three euros. “There has been more growth lately. That really has to do with more expensive groceries and rising prices,” explains the volunteer.
‘Together, Minister Kaag also says, but she already has a full stomach’
When the bellies are filled, it’s time for a poem. She was still able to write it in the kitchen. The poem reads: “Together, together, together. And we, the people, have to agree. Together the king also says, but yes, he already has a house. Minister Kaag also says together, but with a full stomach. Where the profit is, that’s where it has to come from. And then we can really dream!”
Watch yesterday’s episode again via BNNVARA.
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