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Erika Andrea
Ever since she was little Erika Andrea has had many obstacles to getting ahead. She always had to support herself by her own means. She became a mother when she was very young. Nevertheless, her desire to get ahead with two children allowed her to finish high school. At one time she was somewhat ill, and she very depressed. However, her children, the driving force of her life, gave her a lot of strength.

In 2006 she managed to complete her nursing studies. She loves the health field, and is delighted helping others. She believes that the best way to do so is to specialize more in this area. That is why she wants to continue with her studies in health administration. This way she will get employment so that her children are able to have a great future and a university degree as well.

The following is Erika Andrea’s story in her own words:

Hi, my name is Erika Andrea. I am 38 years old, and I have been married for 19 years. I have two children, an 18 year old boy and a 15 year old girl. We live with my 42 year old husband.

I have always lived in Bogotá. My mother left for Venezuela when I was two years old. From then on I lived with my maternal grandmother. I never knew my paternal family. It should be noted that my father rarely, well, never lived with me. We always had a lot of financial problems. My grandmother, when she could, gave me an education and what I needed. Then, one day, when I was 17, she died of stomach cancer.

After this my life took a terrible turn. My aunt and uncle threw me out of the house. I lost a year of school (I was in the tenth grade at this time), and because of this I lost my place at the school. At this time I had a friend who supported me and helped me a lot. He proposed that we live together. Because of my situation and what I earned Saturdays and Sundays and when I was not in school, which was not enough for anything, I decided to accept.

In 2006 I managed to finish my nursing studies. It is a profession that I love with all of my heart. Given that I love helping others, there is nothing better than taking care of their health.

When I graduated as a nursing assistant I received the medal of merit for my effort and my good grades. Even though I could not exercise my profession due to the care, the appointments, my daughter’s surgeries, and some of my own health problems (after the cancer was controlled they diagnosed me with endometriosis), one day I decided that now that my children are big I can continue with what I like most in my life…my profession.

Six months ago I started studying health administration at Campoalto. It has been going very well for me….however, my husband was left without work for eight months and my son is at the university. Even though my husband did everything possible to help me, and he found work, the debts that we have are very large.

I want and I wish to continue studying. I think I owe it to myself. This is the time to be able to grow in relation to work. This way I can also be able to help my husband financially. Because I was not able to practice my career, and it has been five years since I have had work experience, nobody hires me.

That is why I am asking you, please, from my heart, help me accomplish my dream. This is in order to be able to help my husband pay our debts and the expenses that are coming. My daughter is close to finishing high school, and it would make me very happy for her to go to the university. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the help that you are able to lend me.

God bless you.
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Erika Andrea desde pequeña tuvo muchos inconvenientes para salir adelante, siempre tuvo que subsistir por sus propios medios, fue madre muy joven sin embargo sus ganas de progresar con dos niños le permitió terminar sus estudios de bachiller.

En 2006 logro terminar sus estudios de enfermería ya que ella ama la salud y le encanta ayudar a los demás y ella cree que la mejor forma de hacerlo es especializarse más en esta área es por esto que quiere continuar con sus estudios en administración en salud para de esta forma de esta forma ubicarse laboralmente para que sus hijos puedan tener un gran futuro y puedan realizar una carrera universitaria también

La siguiente es la historia de Erika Andrea en sus propias palabras:

Hola, mi nombre es Erika Andrea; tengo 38 años de edad, soy casada hace 19 años y tengo dos hijitos, un hombrecito de 18 años y una niñita de 15, vivimos con mi esposo que tiene 42 años.

Siempre he vivido en Bogotá, mi mamá se fue para Venezuela cuando yo tenía dos años y desde entonces viví con mi abuela materna, a mi familia paterna nunca la conocí. Siempre tuvimos muchos problemas económicos, mi abuela cuando pudo, me dio el estudio y lo que necesite hasta que cuando yo tenía 17 años ella murió de cáncer de estomago... Luego de esto, mi vida dio un vuelco terrible, perdí el año escolar y debido a esto perdí el cupo en el colegio.

En 2006 logre terminar mis estudios de enfermería que es una profesión que amo con el corazón, puesto que me encanta ayudar a los demás y que mejor que cuidando su salud. Cuando me gradué como Auxiliar en Enfermería, recibí la medalla al mérito por mi esfuerzo y mis buenas calificaciones; aunque debido a los cuidados, las citas, las cirugías de la niña y algunos problemas de salud míos, no pude ejercer mi profesión. Un día decidí que ahora que mis hijos están más grandecitos, puedo seguir con lo que más me gusta en la vida... mi profesión.

Hace seis meses entre a estudiar Administración en Salud en Campoalto, me ha ido muy bien... pero mi esposo se quedo sin trabajo durante ocho meses, mi hijo está en la universidad y aunque mi esposo hizo todo lo posible por colaborarme y ya consiguió trabajo, las deudas que nos quedaron son muy grandes. Yo quiero, deseo seguir estudiando, creo que es una deuda conmigo misma, que ya es el momento de poder desarrollarme laboralmente, para así también poder ayudarle a mi esposo económicamente, ya que debido a que no pude ejercer mi carrera y han pasado cinco años en los que no he conseguido experiencia laboral, nadie me contrata... Así que por favor les pido de corazón que me ayuden a lograr este sueño... para poder ayudar a mi esposo con el pago de las deudas y con los gastos que se vienen, ya que mi hija está próxima a terminar su bachillerato y me haría muy feliz que pueda entrar a la universidad. De todo corazón agradezco por la ayuda que puedan prestarme.

Dios los Bendiga.



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More information about this loan

This loan will help a CampoAlto student pay a semester's tuition. With seven branches throughout Bogota, Colombia, CampoAlto tailors educational programs for socially marginalized students. Each of these courses lasts three semesters on average and includes specialized training and internship placement to help students secure jobs after graduation.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

About CampoAlto

CampoAlto is a for-profit education institute that offers a variety of classes to students from socially or economically marginalized groups, including women, ethnic minorities, displaced populations, disabled individuals, and those living below the poverty line. Kiva funding is being used to pay tuition for students who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend classes.

Because CampoAlto’s core business is not purely microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the institute a risk rating.

About Colombia

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 501
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,254,800
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,787.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Erika Andrea to study the second semester of health administration.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 1, 2012
Listed
Aug 24, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Feb 15, 2013