Speaking on her new YouTube channel, Reli, the Tanzania singer said she fell into debt after buying two parcels of land as she wanted to build a house.
“It was my dream to have a house, one with a swimming pool, in Mikocheni, Tanzania. The seller quoted a very expensive price. I told her I couldn’t (afford it), so she showed me another house that was being occupied by a pastor,” she said.
“I spoke to the pastor’s wife and she said they were ready to leave. We spoke to the sellers and the amount that I had in my bank was exactly what they wanted. I came with the money the following day in cash. I gave them and they gave me their papers. When the pastor saw that, he thought I had money.”
They agreed she would pay the remaining amount in installments.
“My life changed from there. What I used to get, I would give it to the pastor to finish my debt. My life totally changed. The pastor was really stubborn and at the time, I was not picking his calls,” she said.
“I finished the payment and the pastor left. I wanted to rent the house out. That was in 2017. I looked for another plot and I purchased it. Between 2016 and 2018, I lived a life of paying debts. Debts of things that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with.”
In 2017, Shusho was dealt another blow after her brother died.
“He was always pushing me. After his passing, I found myself alone.
“It was a moment where I couldn’t go forward or behind. I wanted to sell the property but I thought who was going to buy in such an area? I felt like it was a shame,” she said.
Shusho said she turned to prayer and has since settled the debts.
“I remember crying because, for three years, it was a troubling experience. I couldn’t even contribute for weddings and people gave me names. They didn’t know my situation. I was getting money but I was in debt.
“When I finished the debts, my income tripled,” she said.