“I was just a migrant worker going through the daily motions of working to earn money. But when I became one of Uplifters’ students, I found out that I am also capable of making changes in my life. It taught me to come out of my shell and learn from the experiences of other women like me. I am happy to meet women who share the same views, aspirations, and hobbies, like hiking and reading books. My self-confidence grew when I started taking care of my health physically and emotionally. I learned to develop my morning routine based on Uplifters’ morning rituals because it makes me happy and eager to start my day with a smile.

Before, I just saved what was left from my income and I was content with it. The course taught me how to save more. Now I can save at least 20% of my income. I learned how to budget my money and make a list of my expenses every month. I am now fully aware of the interest accrued by the lending companies that I haven’t noticed before. I can identify my wants and needs, thus adding to my confidence that I will become financially stable in the future. Belonging to Uplifters’ community helped me see the importance of taking care of my well-being and finances. The encouragement of my Team Leader and fellow students inspired me to take action.

Don’t be afraid to make changes in your life. Don’t stop educating yourself because you have already stopped schooling. No matter how old you are, you can still find a way to add to your knowledge. Learning is fun, after all!”

– Michelle Agustin Ramiro is one of Uplifters’ Gold Team Leaders who has supported fellow domestic workers over five sessions of our Dare to Dream signature course.