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Lwazi is applying for a loan to support his studies for a year at the Maharishi Institute. This is his story:

Hello, I'm Lwazi, from Benoni in Johannesburg. I am studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration at the Maharishi Institute.

I stay with my Granny and my siblings, as my mother passed away in 2005. I grew up helping my Granny to sell beers at a small tavern where I live, and this has been our main income at home. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing and watching soccer, and watching movies with my friends.

I hope to be a businessman after I graduate in 2015, and help other children to get the opportunity that I had. My long-term goals are to own my own business, fund poor people, and open an organisation which will help students to pursue their dreams and careers. Education is the key to destroying poverty and it will help me in my life.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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

Maharishi students repay their loans with work-study wages while attending school. However, due to the unpredictable nature of their work-study schedules, they may not be able to make regular repayments. In these instances, Maharishi Institute provides an advance that is deducted from students' future wages. This gives student borrowers more flexibility in meeting their loan repayment obligations while they are still in school.

Important Information

The Maharishi Education for Invincibility Trust (MEIT) extends educational opportunities to poor and historically excluded students in South Africa. By combining distance and computer learning with practical experience, the institute equips students with access to the skills and training they need to compete in tough job markets and build bright futures. Kiva funding will help students pay for tuition and other basic expenses so they can study and thrive.

Maharishi students take out loans for each year of tuition separately on Kiva. Each concurrent loan's repayment period begins after the previous load has been fully repaid.

About South Africa

  • $12,700
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    South Africa Loans Fundraising
  • $739,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 8.4
    South Africa Rand (ZAR) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,075 helped Lwazi to pay for tuition fees and living expenses at the Maharishi Institute.
30% repaid
Repayment Term
65 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 28, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss: