TESTIMONIAL. “I paid off my $ 50,000 student loan by doing over 300 odd jobs”

Knowing what you want and giving yourself the means to do it, is there a more effective way to become an accomplished adult? For Kamaka Dias, a 27-year-old Honolulu resident who graduated from the University of Hawaii, this path of maturity was obviously the one to take. After having taken out a student loan to become an English teacher and having left to deploy his talents in humanitarianism for three years in Madagascar, the young man saw the road of his life encumbered with a debt of $ 50,000 (approximately 45 000 €).

Analyzing what her payments would look like under her loan repayment plan, Kamaka decided a year ago to act quickly. “I would have had to pay back $ 500 per month for ten years, and I would have ended up paying $ 60,000 with interest! So I was like, ‘No! I’m not going to do that. “” His decision? Work hard to pay off the loan as quickly as possible. This mission, he gives it a name: The Race to $ 50k that his fans were able to follow on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram …

His mission: “the race for $ 50,000” to live debt free afterwards

From then on, he works almost every day, documenting every job, every step on the networks, as the dollars pile up. Rather than charging for his time, he asks employers to give what they want. Working between the cities of Hilo and Oahu, his list of odd jobs quickly diversifies.

“I did the shopping, cupcakes, flowers, food, cleaning and trips to the recycling center. I weeded, planted trees, cleaned the bushes, raked the leaves, painted … Everything ! ”Says the handsome Hawaiian, who also dressed up as Buzz Lightyear, the character from the Toy Story movie, for the birthday of a 3-year-old child.

“I have no more weight on my shoulders and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life”

During this period, to spend nothing, Kamaka lives with his parents and is thrifty, not allowing himself any extras. Word of mouth surrounding his project brings him many job opportunities, so that, quite quickly, he can repay his loan. “People were inspired by the mission,” he says with a smile. In total, he will have accumulated $ 50,000 in just eleven months!

Today, the handsome brunette plans to write a book about his experience, in order to share it with as many people as possible. “This adventure ends, he concludes on Instagram. I am finally free, I have no more weight on my shoulders, and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life … DEBT FREE!” If willpower and the capacity for work are determining qualities in life, there is no doubt that Kamaka is on track to succeed in his.


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