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Juan Guillermo
Juan Guillermo, age 26, was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia. He had the dream of being a professional soccer player one day, and he spent a lot of time and effort in the trainings and competitions. All of this made it very difficult to study at one of the most demanding universities in the area of Engineering in Colombia, the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS).

On a trip with his soccer team he realized that what he wanted most in life was to devote himself to engineering and to get good grades in his courses. In the last semesters of the courses for his degree he was among the best students in his class. Also, he obtained honors for his thesis in his studies of Bioengineering about electrical cardiac signals.

Now Juan Guillermo dreams of getting his Master’s in Innovation Electrical Engineering in France. He needs support from Kiva to be able to pay the expenses for enrollment and preparation for the language exams. He does not have any other way of paying for them.

Here is his story:

Life’s purpose is constant growth. I believe that as human beings we are continually learning, and each experience brings with it a lesson. In my case, I want to grow more and more each day. Studying is the foundation for this. Post graduate studies abroad will serve as a catalyst for my academic and personal growth. It would prepare my mind to receive new ideas, and it would promote an intercultural exchange between people. It would provide me with an important academic background. These are meaningful reasons to wish to study in another country.

Nowadays the need arises to change things when they take an undesirable turn. Any process has inevitable modifications; that is true. However, I personally believe that what is most called for would be to turn them around at the time they happen. Innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurship would be the tools that would allow me to act in the previously mentioned scenario. Knowing each detail in depth, with numerous tools abroad, allows me to apply this in my country. This is my aspiration in that regard.

With the above permitting, I see myself in the future returning to my country, generating new projects, and looking for solutions to diverse engineering problems. The most import thing is developing ideas about sustainability in a territory that is rich in resources that are not renewable.

In spite of the fact that I found a job in June, it would take me at least 15 months of savings, calculating that I can save 65 thousand pesos ($30 US) a month. The Kiva program would help me in the process of studying outside of Colombia. It would activate my project logistically and financially in order to be able to fulfill that which I have dreamed.
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Juan Guillermo tiene 26 años y nació en Bucaramanga, Colombia. Él tenía el sueño de ser futbolista profesional algún día y le dedicó mucho tiempo y esfuerzo a los entrenamientos y competiciones. Todo esto hizo que fuera muy difícil estudiar en una de las universidades más exigentes en el área de Ingeniería de Colombia, la Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS).

En un viaje con su equipo de fútbol se dio cuenta que lo que más quería en su vida era dedicarse a la ingeniería y sacar buenas notas en su carrera. En sus últimos semestres de carrera fue de los mejores alumnos de su clase. Además, obtuvo una tesis honorífica en sus estudios sobre Bioingeniería sobre señales eléctricas cardiacas.

Ahora Juan Guillermo tiene el sueño de realizar una maestría en ingeniería electrónica e innovación en Francia y necesita el apoyo de Kiva para poder financiar los gastos de preparación de exámenes de idioma e inscripción a estos mismos ya que no tiene otra forma de pagarlos.

Aquí esta su historia:

El propósito de la vida es el constante crecimiento, creo que como seres humanos estamos en continuo aprendizaje y cada vivencia trae consigo una enseñanza.

En mi caso quiero cada día crecer más y más, y el estudio es la base de ello. Una formación superior en el extranjero catalizaría mi crecimiento académico y personal. Prepararía mi mente a la llegada nuevas ideas, fomentaría el intercambio intercultural ante otras personas y me brindaría un trasfondo académico importante, razones coherentes para desear estudiar en otro país.

Hoy en día surge la necesidad de cambiar las cosas cuando toman un rumbo indeseado, cualquier proceso tiene inevitables modificaciones, es cierto. Pero a manera personal creo que lo más indicado seria reformularlas en el momento de su creación. Innovación, estrategia y emprendimiento serian las herramientas que me permitirían actuar en el escenario anteriormente mencionado. Conocer a fondo cada detalle, con numerosas herramientas en el extranjero que me permitan aplicar esto en mi país seria mi aspiración en ese sentido.

Pactado a lo anterior me veo en un futuro volviendo a mi país generando nuevos proyectos, buscando soluciones ante diversos problemas de ingeniería y lo más importante desarrollando ideas de sustentabilidad en un territorio rico en recursos no renovables.

A pesar de que encontré un trabajo en junio, me tardaría por lo menos 15 meses de ahorro, calculando que pueda ahorrar 65 mil pesos mensuales (30 US $). El programa KIVA me ayudaría en el proceso de estudiar por fuera de Colombia, estimularía mi proyecto de forma logística y económica para poder cumplir aquello que tengo soñado.

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This loan is part of Colfuturo's "Semillero de Talentos" program, which identifies high-achieving, low-income university students and helps them apply to graduate schools abroad. The program offers loans to pay for language classes, language exams and application fees, transportation to cities for exams and interviews, and visa expenses. By funding this loan, you are helping a student with limited options pursue a graduate degree and increase their future income.

About Colfuturo:

Colfuturo is a non-profit public service institution that helps Colombian college graduates finance post-graduate degrees abroad. The organization provides loans and incentivizes recipients to return to Colombia after receiving their degrees to help the country grow and develop. Kiva loans will help low-income students at state universities afford high application costs, including exam and application fees, travel expenses, visa expenses and language courses. These loans will open new opportunities for students who have long been excluded from higher education.

About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 161
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,194,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,822.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $650 helped Juan Guillermo to pay the application expenses to study for a Master's Degree in Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship.
99% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Nov 15, 2012
Listed
Sep 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 23, 2014