Eqleema Rahimi – Portland


Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 9

Eqleema is the energetic single mother of five-year-old Loeza. They moved to the U.S. with Eqleema’s brother, Asad, in 2016. As refugees from Afghanistan, they came to create a better life for their family.

While living in Augusta, Eqleema learned English at Adult Education and worked at the Senator Inn. Because she didn’t have a vehicle, Eqleema took a taxi to school and work. It was not easy to balance school, work, and family while adjusting to life in Central Maine. Still, Eqleema and Loeza found joy and support in their new community.

Eqleema In 2017, Eqleema learned about NVME from a volunteer at the Capital Area New Mainers Project. She came to NVME with a desire to learn about budgeting. With help from NVME staff member, Sherrie Brann, Eqleema created a budget for her family. She also learned about the Family Development Account matched savings program. Eqleema set a goal to save $1,000 in an FDA in 13 months to purchase a car. She met this goal by depositing $77 each month from her earnings at the Senator Inn. Eqleema says, “Once I set that goal, I put that first every paycheck.”

In July 2018, Eqleema joined NVME’s money workshop series at the University of Maine at Augusta. Designed with New Mainers in mind, the workshop supported her in continuing to build her money skills. After completing the class, Eqleema felt prepared to reach her money goals. Soon thereafter, Eqleema completed her FDA savings. As a result, she received a $4,000 match on her savings and was able to buy a 2015 Toyota Corolla.

The impact of this experience has been empowering for Eqleema, who is proud to own her own vehicle. Eqleema’s family now lives in Portland. She is working at McDonald’s, taking citizenship classes, and attending Adult Education. Eqleema still follows a budget and saves for the future, which are skills she developed with NVME. If asked to describe NVME in one word, Eqleema says “helpful.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Clean Up Your Credit2019-10-21 October 21, 2019Manage your MoneyBethelWestern
Budgeting Basics2019-10-22 October 22, 2019Manage your MoneyMexicoWestern
Your Money Personality2019-10-22 October 22, 2019Manage your MoneyTurnerWestern
Budgeting Basics2019-10-23 October 23, 2019Manage your MoneyLewistonWestern
My Money Works2019-09-26 September 26, 2019
(ends October 24, 2019)
Manage your MoneyAugustaCentral
Clean Up Your Credit2019-10-29 October 29, 2019Manage your MoneyMexicoWestern
My Money Works2019-10-02 October 02, 2019
(ends October 30, 2019)
Manage your MoneyFarmingtonWestern
Your Money Personality2019-11-05 November 05, 2019Manage your MoneyMexicoWestern
Your Money Personality2019-11-07 November 07, 2019Manage your MoneyOxfordWestern
Budgeting Basics2019-11-07 November 07, 2019Manage your MoneyEllsworthNorth Central/Downeast
Your Money Personality2019-11-13 November 13, 2019Manage your MoneyLewistonWestern
Clean Up Your Credit2019-11-14 November 14, 2019Manage your MoneyOxfordWestern
Budgeting Basics2019-11-21 November 21, 2019Manage your MoneyOxfordWestern
My Money Works2019-10-29 October 29, 2019
(ends November 26, 2019)
Manage your MoneyONLINEStatewide
Let’s Talk About Credit2019-12-05 December 05, 2019Manage your MoneyEllsworthNorth Central/Downeast
My Money Works2019-11-18 November 18, 2019
(ends December 09, 2019)
Manage your MoneyLewistonWestern
My Money Works2020-01-07 January 07, 2020
(ends January 28, 2020)
Manage your MoneyOnlineStatewide
My Money Works2020-01-07 January 07, 2020
(ends February 04, 2020)
Manage your MoneyPresque IsleNorthern
My Money Works2020-03-03 March 03, 2020
(ends March 24, 2020)
Manage your MoneyOnlineStatewide