Sending a child to school is expensive when you factor in uniforms, books, equipment and camps. Bernadice, 42, has five children, four of them at school, so her family’s education costs are particularly high.
Steve, 42, was made a ward of state at five, lived in homes, moved in and out of foster care, somehow finished Year 10 and was apprenticed to a butcher – a ‘terrific job … good people – it was all good. It taught me all about meat, presentation, commercial skills’.
With an upcoming school camp, karate lessons and education costs to pay for, Somaly, a single mother of two, needed to develop a savings habit. After completing the Saver Plus program in July 2011, Somaly saw the value in saving.