Unemployed man ‘earns Sh391,800’ a month by begging online

Jovan Hill, he has around 200,000 online followers.
An unemployed college drop-out has revealed how he earns £3,000 (Sh391,800) a month by begging online so he can fund his lifestyle.

Jovan Hill films himself asking his social media followers to donate cash so he can pay his rent and living expenses, which includes buying video games, vintage t-shirts and cannabis.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Brooklyn, uses social media platforms such as Periscope, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to ask for cash from his 200,000 plus followers.

In one video he is filmed saying: “I’m very poor today.

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“So if you want any tax write-offs, please donate to the Jovan charity.”

And amazingly his pleas work. Within minutes of posting his videos, donations begin to flood in to his PayPal account from loyal fans.

One wrote: "The only reason I wake up and go to work every day is so I can give @EHJovan money for rent."

Jovan, who uses his iPhone to rant about anything and everything, says he is amazed that random people send him money.

“When I talk to friends who have known me for a long time, they could never understand sending a random person money, and I kind of feel the same way,” he told the New York Times.

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“But it’s a community. A community based around me.”

He first encountered the generosity of online strangers when in 2016 he asked for help because his grandmother's power had been turned off because of unpaid bills. Followers sent him $3,000 (Sh391,800).

“That was the first time I realised my followers care about my well-being," he said.

Jovan, who grew up in Texas with 11 siblings and was raised by a single mother who was a Jehovah’s Witness, moved to New York to start over when he dropped out of college following a bad breakup.

With pittance in his pocket he knew he needed to get a job and started working at a cinema.

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But shortly afterwards he quit and that's when he began making his regularly social media call-outs for cash.

Jovan, who says he is bipolar and a manic depressive, describes his videos as a "gay, broke diary."

Viewers occasionally ask him why he doesn’t get a traditional job; to which he replies: “I made this my job.”

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