Alice Chigumera

Born: 15th May 1965

Harare, Zimbabwe

Date of interview: 31st May 2006

Map showing where Alice Chigumera came from

Once your children arrived in the UK did you approach the council to see if they would help you with housing?

I didn't approach the council in, I didn't know that I had all those privileges, one way or the other and I think again also because of pride, being somebody who had always worked on my own and done things I never, I can never say like a refugee like what they say in the newspapers that refugees drain the benefit system and all that, I sustained myself with my two children with my carer's money, helped by my friend to baby-sit when I go to work and did everything on my own. I managed to save because my job was quite stressful, the one I was doing.

I say to myself I'd rather move in Reading there's vacancies of carers in Reading and decided that's the only thing I could do, I couldn't break the system in Foreign Affairs, one way or another through my experience, I knew that I would not get a job there, so I just went with the little that I could get at least to butter my bread, so that's how I moved to Reading