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José Camilo
José Camilo is 24 years old and is originally from Quibdó (Colombia), the capital city of Chocó, the department with the largest poverty index and the least developed of the country. He graduated in political science from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where he studied for 8 semesters, and thanks to his academic achievement, was a scholarship holder.

Currently he is part of the management of La Ciudad Verde [The Green City], a caring collective where they promote sustainable development in cities and regions of Colombia. In university he was the president of Afrojaverianos, a fraternity that reunites students of African descent at Universidad Javeriana. He is an invited columnist in various communication medias where he writes about democracy, politics and development. The prestigious daily El Espectador [The Spectator] nominated him as one of the "most outstanding young afro-colombians."

He wants to do postgraduate studies outside the country, to gain knowledge and experiences that would allow him to better contribute to Colombia. José Camilo considers that studies outside the country allow people to come closer to the problems from the confluence of many looks that strengthen personal views through respectful deliberation. José will study a Master's in Latin-American Studies at the University of Newcastle, where according to him, he will be able to understand the problems of the region from a new perspective and, at the end of his studies, contribute to the development of Colombia and the latin-american region in a creative and responsible manner.

Here is his story:

I was born in Chocó, a department of Colombia possessing a great richness in flora, fauna and natural resources. One of the places with the most biodiversity in the world. But also, the department with the lowest economic development indexes, high rates of illiteracy and great inequalities. I am part of a new generation of Chocoanos, who had the opportunity of educating ourselves in good universities and who now want to make things good for the sustainable development of my region. To contribute to search for this desired balance between conservation of the environment, social equality and economic development.

I am very grateful for the privilege that I have had, thanks to the efforts of my parents. It's because of this that I want to use my opportunities to contribute to the change of my region and help to improve the situation of Colombians in general. I am part of those who think that development and progress will never start in a country when there are inequalities between the regions that make it up and between the people that live there.

My academic curiosity and thirst to contribute to our society have encouraged me to take postgraduate studies outside the country. This has been the reason for which I am requesting admission in the interdisciplinary latin-american studies program at the University of Newcastle in England.

Obtaining the support of Kiva would signify having the funadmental boost in my path to begin this dream of continuing with my academic formation, to be able to be a useful professional who contributes to the growth and sustainable development of Latin America as a region.
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José Camilo tiene 24 años, es originario de Quibdó (Colombia) la ciudad capital del Chocó, el departamento con mayores índices de pobreza y menos desarrollado del país. Se graduó de Ciencia Política en la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, donde por 8 semestres, y gracias a su rendimiento académico, estuvo becado.

Actualmente hace parte del cuadro directivo de La Ciudad Verde, un colectivo ciudadano donde promueven el desarrollo sostenible en ciudades y regiones de Colombia. En la Universidad fue presidente de Afrojaverianos, una fraternidad que reúne a los estudiantes afrodescendientes de la Universidad Javeriana. Es columnista invitado en varios medios de comunicación donde escribe sobre democracia, política y desarrollo. El prestigioso diario El Espectador o nomino como uno de los “jóvenes afrocolombianos más destacados”.

Quiere hacer estudios de posgrado en el exterior, para adquirir conocimientos y experiencias que le permitan contribuir mejor a Colombia. José Camilo considera que los estudios en el exterior, permiten a la personas acercarse a los problemas desde la confluencia de muchas miradas que fortalecen el criterio personal a través de la deliberación respetuosa. José cursará una maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos en la Universidad de Newcastle, donde según él, podrá comprender los problemas de la región desde una nueva perspectiva y, al terminar sus estudios, contribuir de manera creativa y responsable al desarrollo de Colombia y de la región latinoamericana.

Aquí está su historia:

Nací en el Chocó, un departamento de Colombia poseedor de gran riqueza en flora, fauna y recursos naturales. Uno de los lugares con mayor biodiversidad del mundo. Pero también, el departamento con los más bajos índices de desarrollo económico, altas de tasas de analfabetismo y gran desigualdad. Yo hago parte de una nueva generación de chocoanos, que tuvieron la oportunidad de educarse en buenas universidades y que ahora quieren hacer las cosas bien para el desarrollo sostenible de mi región. Contribuir a buscar ese balance deseado entre la conservación del medio ambiente, la equidad social y el desarrollo económico.

Estoy muy agradecido por el privilegio que he tenido, gracias al esfuerzo de mis padres. Es por eso que deseo usar mis oportunidades para contribuir al cambio de mi región y ayudar a mejorar la situación de los colombianos en general. Soy de los qu piensa que un país nunca alcanzará el desarrollo y el progreso cuando hay desigualdad entre las regiones que lo conforman y entre las personas que lo habitan.

Mi curiosidad académica y sed por contribuir a nuestra sociedad me han animado a cursar estudios de posgrado en el exterior. Esta ha sido la razón por la cual solicité admisión en el programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos Interdisciplinarios de la Universidad de Newcastle en Inglaterra.

Obtener el apoyo de KIVA significaría tener el impulso fundamental en mi camino para alcanzar ese sueño de continuar con mi formación académica, para poder ser un profesional útil que aporta en el crecimiento y desarrollo sostenible de América Latina como región.

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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
  • 497
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $14,958,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,800.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,350 helped José Camilo to finance the application expenses for his Master's in interdisciplinary latin american studies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
23 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Jan 25, 2013
Listed
Dec 11, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Dec 19, 2013