My talent is making sweets and desserts, and I had been working as a pastry chef for years. I love making healthy versions of traditional sweets, and adding supperfoods to make them nutritious and turn them into energy boosts. I am told that I am very good at that, and I think so too.
My life dream is to open my own desserts shop in the UK, and for that reason I was saving my money since I was 24 years old – now I am 40. This means no travelling, no shopping- except all strictly necessary, and going out once in a blue moon. Because of that, I have very few friends, but I know they are true friends.
Last year, I believed that my life dream will come true, as the money I had managed to save, along with a plot of land I had sold, was almost 37000 euros (in euros, because I live in Greece), which was enough to feel secure in order to quit my lousy 12hour shift for 400euro-a-month job and finally follow my dream. It would be enough for renting a place, setting it up, and having my first expenses covered until I could live off of my shop. This money was raised with many difficulties, as there were several times that I helped friends in need, serious family problems that needed attending, and two occasions that I had lost my job and needed to live off of that money.
Unfortunately, my father’s debt, that I had been paying for years myself and thought that it was over, reached my bank account without any notice, and I realized it when I logged in to pay for a ticket to Manchester. I was so surprised to see that the Greek government took around 30000 euros from my account, because I was an immediate relative of the person that took a loan many years ago, in other words I had inherited debt but didn’t know. As much as I tried to claim my money back, I couldn’t. Since last year, I have spent all the rest of the money I had left, on laywer fees and food, and I borrowed some money from my good friends. I let my flat, as I couldn’t afford it, and live in a friend’s backup room in his store. I have sold my car, my laptop, my mobile phone, I have given away almost all of my clothes and shoes and stuff, and my personal belongings now fit in a small suitcase.
I don’t see a way of being able to stand on my own feet again, I have tried to get a job but I don’t get hired because of my age and accommodation status. I live in a small town, and everyone knows I quit my last job in a not-so-nice way, as I announced my resignation to my boss in front of his best clients, along with the reasons for that, especially the fact that he was calling me ‘stupid’, and ‘useless’ all the time, even though I was doing all the work. I now make around 120 euros per month, running errands and being the extra help for a catering service, where I work for 4 euros per hour, every time they need me. Sometimes, like now, I use a friend’s computer to look for a job, but she needs it for work at the times that I can use it.
I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t take drugs, I don’t gamble, I have never done anything illegal or had problems with the law. I am a very religious person and I have never harmed anyone. What I wanted was to leave behind my family’s reputation and live in a place where they would only see me and my talent.
What I need is money to stand on my feet, and I would also like to be able to open my shop. I tried to ask for a 20000 euro loan, and less, but I own nothing and I have no job, so I was refused. My friends have their own personal problems, and they are already helping me as much as they can, so I would never expect anything more from them anyway.
The only thing I have left to do, is to beg, so I am begging for your help. And this is not easy for me, even though I do it anonymously. Just please, if you think you can send money to me, I would really like to know who you are or where you would like me to send this money to, when I am able to do so, because I would like to give it back. It makes me very uneasy to be in here and ask for help among other people with serious health problems,and please, help them first, but I know that my shop will rock, so I will be able to give the money back.
If you read this far, Thank you so much for taking the time. I have been preparing the text by hand for a week before typing it here, so thank you for at least reading this. Either you can help me or not, I hope I can serve you my famous honey puffs one day :)
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