7 Days, 7 Ways ft. Esah Hussin – How Did She Do It?
Esah Hussin, 42, is making waves in social media. This telemarketing officer achieved her goal of independent living by having recently moved into her own low-medium-cost apartment in Tanjung Tokong which she bought for RM72,500 in cash!
Here’s the catch, Esah was born blind and abandoned at birth. Armed with pure grit and the determination of becoming an independent woman, Esah set aside money from her monthly salary for the past 19 years and got what she had always dreamed of – independence.
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Who is Esah Hussin?
After being abandoned by her parents, Esah was raised at an orphanage in Kelantan. She then studied at SK Pendidikan Khas Princess Elizabeth in Johor Bahru. She moved to an orphanage in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, during her secondary school days. After completing her studies, she was introduced to St Nicholas Home here, where she learnt basic living skills, communication skills and Information Technology (IT). The turning point in her life was meeting Madam Jayah Doraisamy at the home, whom she fondly regards as her “co-conspirator”, the person who encouraged her to save money and buy a house.
How did Esah do it?
Armed with mobility, strong communication skills and braille skills, Esah is the absolute chameleon to her friends, family and the world around her. Determined to make the best out of her life on her terms, Esah developed self- confidence by singing at public functions and performing at events. Aside from having constant support from Madam Jayah, she also received a token of appreciation from St. Nicholas Home to stay at the home on special merit for more than 10 years. But, Esah knew she had to move on and live in the comfort of her own home. So, Esah did what any smart person would do and that is:
- Spend wisely and prudently, using the money from her Disabled Workers’ Allowance (EPC), which is RM300 a month. The amount was increased to RM400 three years ago.
- Additionally, her singing stints at events allowed her to earn some pocket money thus giving way for an additional RM100 to the savings.
- Lastly, she never stopped believing in herself and the constant motivation from Madam Jayah and her friends really got her going.
“Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savouring the journey.” ―
Indeed, Esah’s journey was not a walk in the park. Esah first applied to buy a low-medium-cost apartment in 2014 but the form was misplaced. She had to register again in 2016 and was called up for balloting by the state government in 2017. With patience and perseverance, she received her keys in April this year and moved into a new unit. She even had some of her friends and colleagues come over for a mini housewarming party!
Congratulations on moving into your new home, Esah Hussin!
You are nothing less than an inspiration to everyone.
*Featured image sourced from The Star Online