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April 25, 2021

Jai Essence felt she was working hard but getting nowhere. So, she packed up and moved to Rwanda.

She thought she did everything she was taught to do by graduating from college and getting a great job, but even with her accomplishments, she couldn’t get ahead. 


“Things were just not working in the U.S. for me and I couldn’t figure out why because I was getting good jobs,” she told Travel Noire. “I felt like I was in the same cycle of frustration trying to make things work.”


Essence was in the mindset of saving for retirement and having enough to support herself and her aging parents. Fearing that she would end up struggling to make ends meet years later in retirement, she began making a game plan to save money, which involved moving abroad to make her income stretch a bit further.