‘Mama walked in the winter in slippers’

Between 670,000 and 1.2 million households may find it difficult to pay thenecessary bills with persistently high prices, according to the CPB. Due tothe rising prices in life articles, gas and energy, the hashtag#Ikredhetnietmeer has been created. BNNVARA is making a series about it, withthe 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 thatare not allowed,” says the Rotterdam mother. “We were fined after fine, forexample for fare evasion. We went to borrow money from the bank, but of coursethere is interest on that and we could not pay that. Then I lost my job. Youcannot get rid of those debts.”

Financial concerns in #Ikredhetnietmeer of BNNVARA

Financial concerns were growing. “At some point you have to see where you aregoing to get it. Who are you going to turn to again? If you’ve knocked onsomeone’s door many times before, you’re like, ‘Here I come again.” Because ofthis situation, the eldest daughter of the family, Mia Nasibdar, learns froman early age to watch her money. “You could already see it in very smallthings. If I asked Mom for soup or something, there was no money for it. Sheeven wore slippers in the winter, because there was simply no money to buywinter stuff. Then she gave us the right stuff.”

With the rising prices, it is only more difficult for the family to make endsmeet. But with the help of a budget coach, they manage to make it. “He wasable 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 budgetcoach made this decision for a reason. “We don’t even have a spare jar foryou. If there is a bill, how are we going to pay it?”

Offer help

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? Butfor me as a mother, it’s hard for him to turn every dime to see how we’regoing 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 writeit in the kitchen. The poem reads: “Together, together, together. And we, thepeople, have to agree. Together the king also says, but yes, he already has ahouse. Minister Kaag also says together, but with a full stomach. Where theprofit is, that’s where it has to come from. And then we can really dream!”