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Parent Testimonials

I highly recommend the fabulous Marilyn and Kids Finance Initiative. My 3 teenagers really benefited from the learning in this Supermind course – we don’t teach this in schools in the UK!

L Sandiford

Thanks Marilyn and TECOM for arranging such a program. My son David really benefited from the classes.What I was trying to teach him for the last 13 years, Marilyn you have done in 5 Hours.


Thank you Marilyn. My children were really really impressed with your class and look forward to attending your next program. They have learnt a lot and they realized the real value of money as they are now able to practice.
Looking forward to signing them up for the next program.

L. Fernandes

Thank you guys for an awesome program that has enlightened kids a great deal on starting to reflect on these aspects at such an early stage of their lives!

Hina H

Thank u very much Kyla and Marilyn for this great opportunity. The course info was unlike anything u would expect to be taught to a 9 year old. Thank you ! My son learned so much about money and a lot of new terminology and feels empowered and is proud that he can engage in more adult conversations.


Thank you Miss Kyla and Marilyn for all the session updates and for teaching money matters in such a fun way .Ayaan loved it and is already talking about budgeting for his wants. It was time well invested !!!


“An excellent course. My 14 yr old son learnt a lot of vital financial lessons, that he might have been reluctant to hear from his parents! Highly recommended.”

B. Clifton

Ava enjoyed the course and shared her learning with much enthusiasm. I really think what you are doing is great and I wish you much success. Do forward any further course details and I will recommend amongst my friends.
With regards to the weekly update sent by the KFI educator: Really useful updates that allow for family discussion.


It’s a delight to watch Ishaan giggle and laugh so much during the class.. you are reinforcing what we have been talking at home, like healthy foods and brain exercise.. But as parents are never taken seriously .. all we get is an eye roll in return.. But this is awesome … Thank you


“When my parents first enrolled me, I wasn’t too thrilled to be spending 5 hours of my weekend on this. But after Marilyn put her promises in place, I was looking forward to this. Marilyn has kept her promises and has been a great teacher. I highly recommend this programme to everyone, if you’re a parent and are hesitant about enrolling your child, don’t be. Your child is in the safest of hands and this will be the most important class they will ever take”

Yousuf Khatib

I’m so happy to say that my teenage sons said they enjoyed the classes and found it extremely beneficial. They were both very reluctant to attend at first but both admitted and acknowledged that this program was different and fun and that they found it very relevant to their lives right now. I can sense that they are happy to come to class and do so without being coxed. They have also started talking about and clarifying their doubts about money matters with me. I am so relieved and thankful to your team for making such a positive impact on the kids.

Ludwin, Dad of Steve and Jack ( Age 13 & 16)

I must say my 16 yr old is having a unique experience…her words, not mine. The fact that you managed to capture her interest for more than 15 minutes at a time in itself is commendable!

Rubina, Mum of Sara (Age 16)

Well done to the whole team and the initiative….I have personally checked out so many programs but this one is so different, so interactive and the kids come back having learned so much. My daughter doesn’t stop talking about it when I pick her up after class. Kudos to the team!

Riya, Mum of Dana (Age 9)

Marilyn and team, you are definitely creating beautiful memories for our kids that will last a lifetime. Zoya is sooo excited to come to class, she wants to attend all the programs you’ll have. Keep up the good work!

Sara, Mum of Zoya (Age 10)

Words are not enough to say thank you for the immense learning and experience you are giving our kids. You really won Kareem and got his wholehearted attention and engagement.

Zahia, Mum of Kareem (Age 9)

We realise our children are living in an increasingly fast-paced environment preparing themselves for jobs – many of which don’t yet exist – and with every aspect of their progress being scrutinised relentlessly.
My wife and I found this Entrepreneurship program is designed to help kids become resilient to these pressures showing them how to spot and deal with the areas in their own lives whilst looking forward in a positive and inspiring way. We noticed the facilitators were open and caring and addressed elements in a teens language leading to building confidence and in time a resilience thought processes. I have read Nathan’s action plans that were a result of the workshop that encouraged him to develop a growth mindset focusing on their desired outcomes.

We cant wait for the next rollout…..Thank you so much!

Savio D’Costa – Dad of Nathan (Age 14 yrs)

We are very thankful to the KFI team for drawing up Mythili to real world and teach her dealing with money in a right way. She took her last course “Entrepreneur” on very serious note. She enjoyed the module and shared her learning with much interest, really useful learning that allows family discussion. We also enjoyed the interaction with her on entrepreneurship and we look forward to attending more like these. We would say she used to have a tendency to be little careless with money, but now we seen difference showing more calculative and self-control. Thank you for investing in our kids and preparing them for a better future.

Tejas Patel – Dad of Mythili (Age 11yrs)

The Entrepreneurship with a Twist program is a great start to develop a solid mindset of kids towards entrepreneurship. Kids learn things like assertiveness and gratitude which are unfortunately not taught in any curriculum on the region. So am so glad my son got the chance to learn these things which will surely favor him in his future. Thanks to KFI team especially Ms. Marilyn and Ms pooja, great job!

Aisha – Mum of Esaa (Age 10 yrs)

I’m so glad my daughter got to be part of this program…even if it meant driving all the way from RAK to Dubai! These lessons are so important for our kids to learn and they also seem to be having such a good time learning.

Ahmed – Dad of Yasmin (Age 12 yrs)

Liam isn’t the kind of kid who talks a lot about his activities in school or elsewhere. But we can always tell when he really enjoys something. And this entrepreneurship program was definitely something he enjoyed very much. He looked forward to each class and begged us to take him every Saturday. Judging from his reactions, the classes must have been really engaging.

Andrea – Mum of Liam (Age 10 yrs)

Thank you Marilyn, thank you for your effort, thank you for your program, thank you for your time and most of all…thank you for investing in our kids and preparing them for a better future.

Anood – Mum of Majed (12 yrs)

Thank you very much dear Marilyn, we really enjoyed the discussion this morning, it highlighted so many points we needed to know, thank you again and carry on the great work.

Amna – Mum of Rashid (14 yrs)

Dear Marilyn, I must say I was pleasantly surprised as this wasn’t a feedback about your pupil that we were called discuss, rather it was about our son’s development and our input as parents. I must confess it also served as refreshers course in good parenting and give us insight into how we can contribute to our children’s improvement. I thank you for your and your team’s efforts and honesty towards the noble responsibility of teaching. My husband also enjoyed the interaction at the session and we look forward to attending more like these.

Mariya – Mum of Hussain (12 yrs)

Ava enjoyed the course and shared her learning with much enthusiasm. I really think what you are doing is great and I wish you much success. Do forward any further course details and I will recommend amongst my friends.
With regards to the weekly update sent by the KFI educator: Really useful updates that allow for family discussion.

Heidi-Mai Warren (mum of Ava)

Great initiative. Financial awareness is increasingly important in the current highly commercialized world that we live, and more so here in the UAE. I am a firm believer that our children are better off learning these skills early, thus equipping them with the ability to make wise financial decisions as they grow up and God willing become more responsible adults. I hope all parents can put their kids through this program.

John Kamau, father of Louise (Age 12)

This initiative is something we didn’t have growing up, so we learnt the hard way! ’ve already observed that Raashi is becoming very understanding towards saving; for the first time, she’s talking about saving money, and wanting to understand the value of that money.

Shilpi Sengupta, mum of Raashi (Age 10)

My kids have no sense of the value of money. Perhaps that’s because we’ve made sure that they both have all the stuff we didn’t have while we were kids. This course is providing some hope that a professional can get this message across to them, that they need to think twice before blowing their pocket money on senseless things like toys, and things they don’t need. We’re hoping that as they grow up they’ll become more responsible and realise that in this world, financial security is of the utmost importance, especially in these turbulent times. The course has just started and they have attended three sessions, but we are already seeing them change their behaviour. At times they question our purchases, and criticise our behaviour. I hope there will be more courses like this that will prepare them for a difficult future ahead.

Ramzi Soujah, father of Leena and Vera (Age 8 & 10)

We felt it was of the utmost importance for Rhea to understand the concept of money, what it is and how to spend it; she isn’t taught it in school, and it isn’t even taught at university so there’s a real risk kids these days will get to university and live alone for the first time and not have any idea how to deal with money and manage their finances. We didn’t get any kind of financial education when we were younger either, so we wanted her to be more money-savvy than we were. So far with the programme, she’s really discovering herself. We have great chats with her when she comes home from class, and we’re so happy she’s learning a whole range of small but useful things such as the difference between credit and debit cards, as well as concepts such as how to spend wisely. We’re already seeing a difference in her attitude and behaviour. Every session involves a different, relevant topic and the educators send home an email letting us know what’s being covered so we can carry on the learning at home, help her relate to the topics and make it real. We’re hoping doing the programme will help her become more independent and mature.

Neha Raj, mum of Rhea (Age 14)

Our kids are going to have to make financial decisions throughout their lives and as parents, it’s up to us to ensure that are prepared to face them intelligently. This course gives them just that….the understanding and the resulting confidence to make conscious money decisions.

Marilyn Pinto, mum of Kyra & Lauryn (Age 8 &10)

Rayan is really enjoying doing the programme and looks forward to going to classes each week. I’m an architect and his dad is a mechanical engineer, so we don’t have much knowledge of finance, so it’s great that he’s learning! His favourite aspect of the programme is that the educators use real-life famous people as examples, and he loves coming home and telling us all about them. We can see the programme is having an impact on his attitude and behaviour already; before, he would always expect gifts for things like good behaviour or good marks at school, but now he has a more mature attitude towards material things.

Alia, mum of Rayan (Age 10)

Hussein has always understood the general concept of money and is very keen to make his own money without having to rely on pocket money from us – he recently watched a YouTube video on making and selling candles, and told us if we bought him the materials he would make the candles then give us the money back while he kept the profits – but we felt he needed to learn some practical skills and also some self-control. We thought it would be useful for him to learn about creating budgets and managing money. These classes came at just the right time. He will happily come home and discuss what he’s learnt with us, and we can help him relate his learning to real life with the detailed emails the educators send each week. I’d say he used to have a tendency to be slightly careless with money, but already he’s definitely showing more restraint and self-control.

Mariya, mum of Hussein (Age 11)