My story started back in 2016, before then I knew nothing about cryptocurrencies or blockchain.

The most amazing thing I was the fact that I could exchange this digital currency for cash and pay my bills.

In May 2016, I needed an additional income to sustain my living costs, so I started looking for part-time jobs and a friend introduced me to an MLM business. The company started hiring consultants so I applied for the job and to my surprise they paid us in bitcoin. The most amazing thing I was the fact that I could exchange this digital currency for cash and pay my bills.

In 2017 there was word that my company might close down, that was my primary source of income. A lot of questions started going through my head, what happens now? Where do I go from here? I didn’t want to look for another job. I had no degree anyway and my next job would definitely ask for one, everything I knew I learnt on the job. So I made a decision to start building my knowledge around Blockchain, every single day I would stay in the office after hours and study.

I started developing a learner guide to make my studies easier, which is now a 117 page document. After high school, I really wanted to study information technology and I got accepted into university but my parents couldn’t afford it at the time so I opted for employment and short courses instead. When I came across the Blockchain I told myself, “this is your chance Yaliwe, you couldn’t afford what they offered to teach you, so build your own curriculum and teach yourself what you need to learn”.

Blockchain included me and made me relevant in a world where intelligence is measured by a piece of paper.

In 2018 I had gained enough knowledge and I started getting invitations to speak at both local and international events. In August 2018 I got appointed to the role of Chairperson for the Blockchain Association of Africa. Blockchain included me and made me relevant in a world where intelligence is measured by a piece of paper.

You can find Yaliwe on LinkedIn.

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