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Angélica
Angelica, 32, studied psychology at Valle University in Cali, Colombia and says that she was able to finish her degree thanks to the unconditional support of her mother, brothers and sisters. She had an excellent academic record at the university and received a stipend that covered the cost of her tuition there. The stipend was a big help for her family, who operate a clothing sales business, as well as for her.

Angelica now wants to study for a masters degree at the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes in France. She is applying to Kiva lenders for a loan that she will use to cover the costs of translating and processing official documents, related travel expenses, and tuition fees.

Here is her story:

I knew from the time that I was seven years old that I wanted to work with children. We were living in Venezuela then and my mother was caring for children there. I wanted to understand how children developed and, above all, the way that family, social and cultural dynamics shape children. That urge I felt led me to study psychology, but I had to wait five years before I could start at the university because I had to work and pull enough money together to pay the related costs. Once there, I was able to make sense of the many questions that I had and work through the complexities they entailed.

After two year as a psychologist at an institution for the protection of children whose rights had been violated, I knew that I wanted to learn more. I was struck by the many, many ways that the rights of children are violated and threatened. Specifically, I wanted to understand--to put it in the context of my planned masters thesis--the process for arresting children and the ways that the process relates to violations and threats to children's rights.

This urge, then, awakened first in my childhood and still strong through my years at the university, has become a social imperative for children's rights and well-being. An imperative that requires a joint effort and the advancement of the work to which I have dedicated myself. I hope Kiva lenders will join the cause because your support represents the engine that will drive us to the goal.
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Angélica tiene 32 años. Estudió psicología en la Universidad del Valle en Cali-Colombia, gracias al apoyo incondicional de su madre y hermanos. Debido a su excelente desempeño académico fue beneficiaria del estímulo económico que ofrece la Universidad para el pago de matricula durante toda su formación, lo que representó un alivio no sólo para ella sino para su familia, cuyos recursos económicos provienen de la confección de ropa.

Angélica desea continuar su formación académica realizando una maestría en L’ecole des hautes etudes en Francia. Por lo anterior solicita el apoyo de Kiva para concretar su proceso de postulación a la Universidad con lo siguiente: traducción y legalización de documentos oficiales, gastos de movilidad para entrevistas de selección, así como los costos de matrícula.

Aquí está su historia:

A la edad de siete años descubrí el impacto que me generaba el trabajo con los niños que cuidaba mi madre cuando vivíamos en Venezuela. Esto despertó en mí el deseo de conocer la manera cómo crecen, se desarrollan y sobre todo la forma como inciden en ellos las dinámicas familiares, sociales y culturales. Por consiguiente, decidí estudiar psicología. No obstante, debí esperar y trabajar durante cinco años para reunir las condiciones económicas que me permitieran ingresar a la universidad pública. Una vez allí logré darle sentido a muchos de mis interrogantes y mayor complejidad también.

Después de dos años de experiencia como psicóloga en una institución de protección a niños y niñas cuyos derechos han sido vulnerados, nuevamente he sentido el mismo impacto. Sobre todo por las maneras tan diversas como ellos asumen la vulneración o amenaza de sus derechos. Precisamente deseo conocer, en el marco de mi tesis de maestría, la manera cómo los han aprehendido y cómo esto incide en la forma de asumir la vulneración y amenaza. A partir de lo anterior, me propongo el diseño de una estrategia de formación en derechos desde el grado de transición hasta el quinto de primaria.

Finalmente, ése impacto que nació en mí durante la niñez y que me acompañó en la Universidad, se ha convertido en un imperativo social de bienestar y justicia hacia la niñez. Imperativo que requiere la unión de esfuerzos y la puesta en marcha de una red de trabajo a la que me adscribo, e invito a Kiva a que se una a esta causa pues su apoyo representa un motor de arranque para este objetivo.

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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
  • 162
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,194,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,798.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Angélica to study for a career as an advocate for children's rights.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Nov 25, 2012
Listed
Oct 12, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Dec 19, 2013