“Back then, even people without degrees were well paid. I didn’t go to school. I had gotten in as a casual staff before I worked my way fully into the company. I was doing well at least by my family standard and people around me. Coming from a poor background, it was a great feeling to be able to afford some things I could not while I was still in the village.

I had already stayed with the company for years when the money doubling scheme came into town. They promised to increase our money in months through paying interests. Their offer was so mouth watering that people were throwing in their life savings. I was sceptical of it until two of my colleagues took voluntary retirement and put in the money in the scheme.

After the first month, they came back with testimonies of the money they received as interest. I decided to join them. I told my brother about it and he discouraged me. There was nothing he didn’t say. He even pleaded with me, but I felt he was jealous and became more adamant. I applied for voluntary retirement, took the money, and put all of it into the scheme.

Few months later, the people disappeared. Nobody knew anything about them or how to trace them. We didn’t have phones then so other than going to their office, there was no other way to reach them.
I almost died that period. I didn’t know where to start from. The company wouldn’t take me back.

Many years have past and I still haven’t been able to get back to that level. It has been from one struggle to another. My brother never really forgave me for that and it affected our relationship. That mistake is the biggest regret in my life and I find it hard to forgive myself.”

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