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Alejandro
Alejandro is 26 years old and was born in Cali, Colombia. He was able to study social communication at the Public University of Valle because he received financial support from the state for his excellent academic record and his family's limited financial situation. Currently, Alejandro and his brother only have their mother's financial support since his father died some time ago.

Alejandro is passionate about technology and his dream is to study for a Master's degree in sound design in the United Kingdom. Once he is admited to one of the best universities in Colombia, he is sure that his good grades, media experience, and social projects will allow him to receive a grant to finance his studies. Now, he is asking for this Kiva loan because it is the only way he can pay for a TOEFL preparation course and the exam fee, which are the first things he has to do to achieve his dream.

Here is his story:

The great passion of my life is music and sound. I have received music education since I was very young. I started studying my first musical instrument when I was eight years old. More recently I have participated in opportunities that have allowed me to develop my talent and that of many other young people for social transformation through the media, spreading messages of well-being, hope, knowledge, and development.

Movies are another one of my hobbies, and for that reason I have worked on short and long films since high school. I made academic and financial effort to study at the school of social communication at the University of Valle, which is known for its emphasis on audiovisual studies and its alumni filmmakers.

For the last few years, I have been developing and participating in projects that fuse audiovisual with music and sound. I have a music blog and have played in groups. I have designed some sound pieces for short films being edited and I have also worked as a DJ.

However, at this time my dream is to bring my talent to the next level and that is why I want to learn the art of sound design from the best. I have chosen to study in the United Kingdom, among other reasons, because of the affinity I feel for their contribution to world culture through music and their world famous quality in sound engineering.

Once I return to this country, I dream of contributing socially in Colombia by creating my own digital media company where I advise young people from marginalized areas on audiovisual techniques, using social media, and community video oriented to sound, music, and sound design.

The support of Kiva is without doubt the most important tool that I have to take the first step necessary to achieve my dream. This loan will cover the cost of a preparation course for the English proficiency exam as well as the cost of enrolling at one of the universities I plan to apply to.
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Alejandro tiene 26 años y nació en Cali, Colombia. Logró estudiar comunicación social en la Universidad Pública del Valle, gracias a que recibía subsidios económicos por parte del Estado por su excelente rendimiento académico y por la limitada situación económica de su familia. En estos momentos, Alejandro y su hermano solo cuentan con el apoyo económico de su madre ya que su padre falleció hace algún tiempo.

Alejandro es un apasionado por la tecnología y su sueño es estudiar una maestría en diseño sonoro en Reino Unido. Una vez admitido en alguna de las mejores universidades de ese país, Alejandro está seguro que gracias a sus buenas notas, experiencia en el medio y sus proyectos sociales podrá lograr el apoyo de una beca que financie sus estudios. Ahora quiere solicitar este préstamo con Kiva porque es la única manera que tiene para poder pagar el curso de preparación del TOEFL y la inscripción al examen, que son los primeros pasos que debe superar para poder lograr su sueño.

Aquí esta su historia:

La gran pasión de mi vida es la música y el sonido. He recibido educación musical desde muy pequeño, mi primer instrumento musical lo comencé a ejecutar desde los 8 años. Más recientemente he sido partícipe de oportunidades que me han permitido desarrollar mi talento y el de muchos otros jóvenes para la transformación social a través de los medios de comunicación, divulgando mensajes de bienestar, esperanza, conocimiento y desarrollo.

El cine es también otra de mis aficiones y por tal motivo he trabajado en proyectos de corto y largo metraje desde el colegio. Tal motivo me llevó con mucho esfuerzo tanto económico como académico a concluir mis estudios en la escuela de comunicación social de la Universidad del Valle, que se destaca particularmente por su énfasis en audiovisuales y por sus cineastas egresados.

Desde hace algunos años vengo desarrollando y participando de proyectos que fusionan lo audiovisual con la música y el sonido, tengo un blog sobre música y he tocado en grupos, he diseñado algunas piezas sonoras para cortometrajes en edición e incluso he trabajado como DJ.

Sin embargo, en este momento mi sueño es llevar mi talento al siguiente nivel y es por eso que quiero aprender de los mejores, el arte del diseño sonoro. He escogido estudiar en el Reino Unido, entre otras razones, por la afinidad que siento por su aporte a la cultura universal desde la música y su consabida y mundialmente famosa calidad en ingeniería de sonido.

Una vez regrese al país sueño con contribuir socialmente a Colombia, creando mi propia empresa en medios digitales en donde quiero asesorar a jóvenes de sectores marginados con técnicas de realización audiovisual, manejo de redes sociales y video comunitario orientados al sonido, música y diseño sonoro.

El apoyo de Kiva es sin duda la herramienta mas importante que tengo para dar el primer paso que necesito para la consecución de mi sueño. Este préstamo sería destinado para cubrir el costo de un curso de preparación para el examen de proficiencia en el idioma inglés, así como del costo de inscripción a una de las universidades a las que pienso aplicar.

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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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 467
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,270,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,800.2
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $500 helped Alejandro to pay his application costs for a Master's degree in Sound Design for Film and Television.
96% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Nov 25, 2012
Listed
Oct 7, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Nov 23, 2014