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Mónica
Mónica, age 23, was born in Cali, Colombia. In order to be able to pay for her university expenses she worked selling music CDs. After that she worked as a photography, video, and writing instructor. Her mother is a housewife. Her father is retired from the Valle del Cauca government, where he worked as a security guard for 13 years.

Mónica’s dream is to get a Master’s degree in Script Writing and Film Direction. In order to do that she needs to request Kiva’s support. This is the only way to cover the expenses of the TOEFL exam and the applications to the universities.

Here is her story:

Ever since I was a young girl I have been very energetic and curious. At least that is what my father says when asked about me. When I graduated from school, I only wanted one thing, to continue studying at the university. I wanted to attend the Universidad del Valle, the only public university in the city. That is what I put my mind to doing. I enrolled in Social Communication. I dreamed about this university, and it was the only educational opportunity that I had. My family did not have the financial resources to pay for a private university.

One of the happiest days of my life was when my name appeared on the list of those admitted to the university. From that day on I have not stopped dreaming and striving to make my dreams come true.

I now have a new dream. I wish to study abroad. I am interested in audiovisual productions and social work through art. I know that studying abroad will strengthen my skills. I will be able to return to Colombia with stronger tools in order to contribute to the film industry in my country. Thus, I will be helping to educate audiences and new filmmakers. I will help make images more democratic through cinema-based social work.

The first step to achieving my dream has been to belong to the “Semillero de Talentos” [“Seedbed” of Talent] of Colfuturo in conjunction with Proimágenes. They gave me a scholarship to further my studies in a second language, English. Now, in this new phase, where I direct all of my efforts to achieve what I have proposed, Kiva’s support is fundamental in order to continue building this dream.

When I return to my country after my Master’s, I want to continue working hard to show the world that there is talent in my country, and they can do things well.

That is exactly where my short and long term goals are targeted, to do business to support the strengthening of Colombian films. My goal is to tell our stories, these rich and diverse stories that are found in every corner of our beautiful country. From that point, I want to attract visibility to our valuable, necessary, and differing perspectives and to our day-to-day resistances, which are full of hope.
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Mónica tiene 23 años y nació en Cali, Colombia. Para poder pagar sus gastos de universidad, trabajó vendiendo cd’s de música, y después como monitora de clases de fotografía, video y escritura. Su madre es ama de casa y su padre es jubilado de la Gobernación del Valle del Cauca, ya que se desempeñó como vigilante por 13 años en dicha institución.

Mónica tiene el sueño de realizar una maestría en Guión y Dirección Cinematográfica y para lograrlo necesita solicitar el apoyo de Kiva, ya que es la única forma para poder cubrir los gastos del examen del TOEFL y la aplicación a las universidades.

Aquí está su historia:

Desde niña siempre he sido muy inquieta y curiosa, o bueno, eso es lo que dice mi papá cuando le preguntan por mí. Cuando me gradué del colegio, solo quería una cosa: seguir estudiando en la universidad. Quería entrar a la Universidad del Valle, la única universidad pública que hay en la ciudad, así que me lo propuse. Me inscribí a Comunicación Social. Soñaba con esa universidad, además, era la única oportunidad de estudiar que tenía, ya que mi familia no contaba con los recursos económicos para pagar una universidad privada. Uno de los momentos más felices de mi vida fue el día que vi mi nombre en la lista de admitidos a la universidad. Desde aquel día, no he dejado de soñar y de buscar hacer esos sueños realidad.


Ahora tengo un nuevo sueño: deseo estudiar en el exterior. Me interesa la realización audiovisual y el trabajo social desde el arte. Sé que al estudiar afuera fortaleceré mis habilidades y podré regresar a Colombia con las herramientas consolidadas para aportar al fortalecimiento de la industria cinematográfica en mi país, contribuyendo en la formación de públicos y nuevos realizadores y consolidando la democratización de las imágenes a través del trabajo social desde el cine.

Para lograrlo el primer paso ha sido pertenecer al Semillero de Talentos de Colfuturo en convenio con Proimágenes, quienes me dieron una beca para adelantar mis estudios en un segundo idioma, el inglés. Ahora, en esta nueva etapa, donde encamino todos mis esfuerzos a lograr lo que me he propuesto, el apoyo de Kiva es fundamental para seguir construyendo este sueño.

Cuando regrese a mi país después de la maestría, quiero seguir trabajando fuerte para mostrarle al mundo que en mi país hay talento y se pueden hacer las cosas bien. Precisamente hacia allá van encaminadas mis metas a corto y largo plazo: a hacer empresa para aportar en el fortalecimiento del cine colombiano, contando nuestras historias, esas historias ricas y diversas que se encuentran en cada rincón de nuestro hermoso país, y desde allí, hacer visible esas otras valiosas y necesarias apuestas que tenemos frente al mundo, nuestras resistencias cotidianas y esperanzadoras.

Additional Information

More information about this loan


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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 569
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,881,725
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,800.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $825 helped Mónica to pay the application expenses for a Master's program in Script Writing and Film Direction.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Nov 15, 2012
Listed
Sep 26, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Dec 19, 2013