Archive: Client Stories

March 2023

Alison’s story: “Once again, I’m able to make ends meet.”

March 29, 2023

Thanks to careful budgeting and a loan from NTM, Alison is able to make ends meet.

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Marnie’s story: “I’ve learnt my lesson about high-interest loans.”

March 7, 2022

A GetControl loan enabled Marnie to pay off crippling loans and move into a new home.

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Noeline’s story: from financial hardship to a way forward

December 21, 2022

Help from a financial mentor and a loan from NTM has ‘lifted the pressure’ for 79-year old Noeline.

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Kaye’s story: how a Debt Relief loan empowered her to reduce debt.

April 9, 2022

A Debt Relief loan empowered Kaye to reduce her debt.

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Beverley’s story: how a small loan can become an unbearable burden

March 7, 2022

A GetControl loan helped Beverley pay off a car loan that had a whopping 30% interest.

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Maria’s story: “It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up.”

December 2, 2020

Maria used a GetControl Loan to pay off spiralling high-interest debts.

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Lorraine’s story: “I was drowning in debt.”

April 29, 2021

Lorraine used a GetControl Loan to pay off spiralling high-interest debts.

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Ian’s story: how a Financial Mentor reduced his debt – and his stress

August 24, 2021

A GetControl Loan helped Ian to pay off spiralling credit card debt.

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Vicki’s story: “Not having any more debt is the best feeling.”

September 5, 2021

Vicki’s story: A GetControl Loan enabled her to spend more time with her granddaughter.

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Sonam’s story: “I’m really proud of myself.”

June 3, 2021
At age 28, Sonam discovered she was pregnant to her long-term partner – however, he didn’t want the baby at the time and was planning to leave the relationship. On top of that, her family couldn’t support or help her as they don’t live in New Zealand and their Visas were rejected when trying to come here for her baby’s delivery. “I had to go on the ‘single mum’ benefit. I was very grateful for it, but it wasn’t enough,” she explains. “I had previous debts from when I was working – things like the car, insurance – all of the things that come with life and children.” Fortunately, WINZ put her in touch with a financial mentor at Pakuranga and Howick Budgeting Service. He recommended that Sonam apply for a GetControl Debt Relief Loan from Ngā Tāngata Microfinance – and helped her with her application. “The $2,000 loan helped me to pay off my overdue bills and some debts. My financial mentor also helped me apply for emergency funds from my KiwiSaver and referred me to a local foodbank for help. I can’t thank him enough - he really helped me to get my money sorted,” she says. Sonam says...
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