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Joanna Maria
The story begins with her entering Kindergarten although she doesn’t remember exactly how old she was then but she was always a very good fellow student; she had lots of friends and liked cabbage, carrot and pineapple salad very much. She remembers asking her mother to take her to kindergarten because of how much she liked the carrot salad.

Later in school the truth is that she wasn’t very good at studying but liked everything to do with dancing and sports; she played basketball and in time learned how to play volleyball; sometimes she even played soccer with her male classmates.

She stood out quite a bit in dance because she liked to dance at all times and besides that during recess they’d set up a tape player with good music to sing and dance for a while.

As for her little classmates, there’s always the cute or pleasant little boy, or the little girl that’s not too good-looking, the talkative one, the teacher’s pet, the pretty girl and all the others. She was one of the chatty ones. They didn’t always scold her for this but sometimes did send reprimands home to her mother because she chatted too much during class; her grades were good however.

In secondary school she didn’t do too well but she was her father’s favorite. You can well imagine that going from a little elementary school to a secondary school was quite a shock for her; it hit her hard. She cried quite a bit and they punished her for being a crybaby. She failed 8th grade and they took her out of the school she was attending and transferred her to another one. Even though that one was all girls that didn’t change things for her because she cried there too when she was left alone there.

So, for the practical courses they had to do, she and a group of fellow students taught dance classes to students in a school. At first it was a bit complicated because they got from the smallest to the biggest ones and she remembers that they taught them to dance the ‘mapale,’ and dances called ‘las vueltas,’ ‘joropo,’ ‘sanjuanero,’ ‘cumbia,’ and others she does not remember. In addition to that she participated in a cultural evening where she danced the ‘jarabe tapatío’ wearing beautiful skirts that made her feel fabulous.

When she completed 11th grade she decided to go to work and that was all until she decided this year to return to school and since she likes to cook she thinks she’ll do it well and would like to learn more from people, like the teachers, who know more.

Although her father is no longer living she knows that he would have liked to see her at this moment doing what she likes and what he enjoyed too. Thanks to her mother and siblings who support her in this process she hopes to reach her goal of establishing a banquet hall or a good restaurant thanks to you.
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Bueno todo empieza cuando ingreso al jardín, la verdad no se acuerdo mucho de cuantos añitos tenia, pero siempre fue muy compañerita, tenía muchos amiguitos y le gustaba mucho la ensalada de repollo con zanahoria y piña, se acuerdo mucho q le decía a su mama q la llevara al jardín por q le gustaba la ensalada de zanahoria.
Luego en la escuela, la verdad no ha sido muy buena para el estudio, pero le gustaba mucho todo lo que tenía que ver con los deportes y el baile, jugaba baloncesto y con el tiempo aprendió a jugar voleibol, algunas veces jugaban con los compañeritos futbol.
En danzas se destaco bastante puesto que le gustaba estar bailando a toda hora y aparte de todo en los descansos colocaban grabadora con buena música para cantar y bailar un rato.
En cuanto a los compañeros: siempre hay un niño bonito o el simpático, una niña q es la feíta, la charlatana, el consentido, la niña bonita y los demás. Ella era de los charlatanes, no la regañaban todo el tiempo pero si de vez en cuando le daban quejas a la mami que charlaba mucho en clase pero las notas bien.
En el bachillerato la verdad no le fue muy bien, cómo era la consentida de papa, pues se podrán imaginar pasar de una escuelita a un colegio fue tenaz para ella, le dio muy duro, lloraba bastante y se la montaron por llorona. Perdió octavo y la sacaron del colegio en donde estaba, la llevaron a otro y ese era femenino pues allá la cosa no era muy diferente por que igual lloro cuando la dejaron sola en ese sitio.
Bueno, en las practicas que tenían que hacer un grupo de compañeras y ella dictaron un cursos de danzas a los alumnos de un colegio, al principio fue algo complicado porque les toco desde los más pequeños, hasta los más grandes, se acuerda mucho que le enseñaron a bailar el mapale, un baile llamado las vueltas, joropo, sanjuanero , cumbia y no otros que no recuerda, ha aparte de eso estuvo en una velada cultural y ellas bailaron el jarabe tapatío con unas faldas hermosas que las hacían lucir divinas.
Luego termino 11 y la se dedico a trabajar y nada más.
Hasta este año que tomo la decisión de retomar los estudios y como le gusta la cocina, considera q lo hace bien y le gustaría aprender más de las personas q saben cómo los maestros.
Aunque su papa no está vivo sabe que le hubiera gustado verla en este momento, haciendo lo que le gusta y lo que a él le gustaba. Gracias a su mama y hermanos q la apoyan en este proceso espera llegar a montar su casa de banquetes o un buen restaurante
Gracias a ustedes

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This loan will help a CampoAlto student pay a semester's tuition. With seven branches throughout Bogota, Colombia, CampoAlto tailors educational programs for socially marginalized students. Each of these courses lasts three semesters on average and includes specialized training and internship placement to help students secure jobs after graduation.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

About CampoAlto

CampoAlto is a for-profit education institute that offers a variety of classes to students from socially or economically marginalized groups, including women, ethnic minorities, displaced populations, disabled individuals, and those living below the poverty line. Kiva funding is being used to pay tuition for students who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend classes.

Because CampoAlto’s core business is not purely microfinance, there is some level of additional risk for lenders. For this reason, Kiva has not assigned the institute a risk rating.

About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 275
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,826,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,820.4
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Joanna Maria to complete her chef's course.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 5, 2013
Listed
Apr 5, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Aug 23, 2013