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Lebu is a Business Management Student of the Maharishi Institute. Lebu is 22 years old and was asked the following questions by a staff member of the Institute:

What do you study at the Maharishi Institute and what classes do you enjoy most?
“I am currently doing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. I enjoy Algebra class more than other classes because I really love to work with numbers and solve them.”

What are your goals after graduation?
“I want to work as an accountant in a company after graduating at the Maharishi Institute because I want to be in charge of maintaining, editing and keeping financial records for a company. I would like to work at Durban. I would like to travel to USA, China and Brazil to have more knowledge about things that are happening around the world.”

Tell us about your background?
“I was born in Philadelphia hospital and raised in Kwamhlanga at Mpumalanga. I am the first born from a family of three. I have a little sister who is 3 years old. My mother is a security guard at a fidelity company and she is the breadwinner. I am the only child who is at school.”

What do you do in your spare time?
"I like to spend my spare time with my little sister going to the park and playing games. I also like to read novels a lot and write poems. I enjoy listening to gospel music and playing brain games.”

How will the Kiva Loan change your life?
“The Kiva Loan will change my life because I was struggling to pay my fees and come to school everyday. It was so hard for my mother to give me money for transport, food, fees but with Kiva Loan I believe there will be changes in my studies because I will concentrate on my studies instead if my family problems.”

Additional Information

More information about this loan

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

Maharishi students repay their loans with work-study wages while attending school. However, due to the unpredictable nature of their work-study schedules, they may not be able to make regular repayments. In these instances, Maharishi Institute provides an advance that is deducted from students' future wages. This gives student borrowers more flexibility in meeting their loan repayment obligations while they are still in school.

Important Information

The Maharishi Education for Invincibility Trust (MEIT) extends educational opportunities to poor and historically excluded students in South Africa. By combining distance and computer learning with practical experience, the institute equips students with access to the skills and training they need to compete in tough job markets and build bright futures. Kiva funding will help students pay for tuition and other basic expenses so they can study and thrive.

Maharishi students take out loans for each year of tuition separately on Kiva. Each concurrent loan's repayment period begins after the previous load has been fully repaid.

About South Africa

  • $12,700
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    South Africa Loans Fundraising
  • $780,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 9.2
    South Africa Rand (ZAR) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,050 helped Lebu to pay for one year tuition fees and living expenses at the Maharishi Institute.
20% repaid
Repayment Term
66 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 15, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss: