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Juan
Juan Carlos, 23, was born in Quibdó, capital of El Chocó, on the Colombian Pacific coast. To pay for his Bachelor degree in English and French in the university he worked first as an assistant in a grocery store, then as a private watchman and finally as a pizza cook at a fast-food restaurant. His father died when he was 15-years-old and his mother works as a domestic employee. He currently lives with her and his four younger siblings. This is his story:

A great paradox is lived in Colombia: we are the second-richest country in flora and fauna and we possess minerals in great amounts but we have one of the highest poverty indexes in all Latin America and educational outcomes are among the lowest which show how little pertinence education has in this region.

My mother has always stressed: “It’s not important how much you know if you don’t put it to use serving those most in need,” and this is why I believe that getting a Master’s in Education Policy and Administration would make no sense if not aimed at improving the educational conditions existent today in my place of birth, in Chocó and in Colombia. In my understanding, a pertinent education does exist when it’s aimed at exploiting all the abilities and realities the residents in a region have and directing them towards that region’s development.

At my return to Colombia, I see myself generating new educational policies that will be aimed at a more pertinent education that will be focused on regional needs rather than on copies of foreign models that do not adjust to our own realities thus promoting the use of our strengths.

Whenever I’ve wanted to do something, I’ve been able to and being a Kiva beneficiary would prove once more that where there’s a will a path will always appear. And even though the road and the work I have before me is long and hard, I will only give up when my last breath leaves my being because in the final analysis, “victory belongs to those who make the effort.”
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Juan Carlos tiene 23 años y nació en Quibdó, capital del Chocó, en el pacífico colombiano. Para poder pagar sus estudios de Licenciado en Inglés y Francés en la universidad, trabajó primero como ayudante en una tienda de abarrotes, luego fue vigilante privado, y por último pizzero en un restaurante de comidas rápidas. Su padre falleció cuando tenía 15 años, y su madre trabaja como empleada doméstica. Actualmente vive con ella y sus 4 hermanos menores.

Aquí está su historia:

En Colombia se vive una gran paradoja: somos el segundo país más rico en flora y fauna, y poseemos minerales en gran cantidad, pero contamos con los índices de pobreza más altos de toda Latinoamérica, y los niveles de rendimiento escolar más bajo. Es así como se evidencia la poca pertinencia de la educación en esta región.
Mi madre siempre me ha recalcado: “No importa lo mucho que sepas, si no lo pones al servicio de quien lo necesita,” y es por eso que creo que realizar una Maestría en Políticas y Administración de la Educación no tendría ningún sentido, sino es puesta con fines de mejorar las condiciones educativas que hoy en día se viven en mi pueblo natal, Chocó y Colombia. Precisamente, en mi concepto, existe una educación pertinente, cuando esta se encarga de explotar todas las habilidades y realidades que los habitantes de una región tienen, y direccionarlas al desarrollo de esa región.

En mi regreso a Colombia, me veo generando nuevas políticas educativas, que se direccionen a una educación más pertinente, y que se enfoque en las necesidades regionales, antes que copiar un modelo extranjero que no se acople a nuestras realidades, promoviendo así el aprovechamiento de nuestras fortalezas.

Siempre que he querido hacer algo, he podido, y ser beneficiario de Kiva probaría una vez más que cuando hay un anhelo, siempre surgirá un camino. Y aunque el camino y trabajo que tengo delante de mí, es aún largo y difícil, me rendiré solo cuando mi último aliento haya emanado de mi ser, puesto que, a fin de cuentas, “el triunfo pertenece a los que se esfuerzan”.

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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
  • 552
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,876,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,816.5
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $1,725 helped Juan to buy a computer and pay application fees for a Masters in Education Administration.
90% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Jan 25, 2013
Listed
Dec 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 21, 2015