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Enyi Paola
Paola is the oldest of seven children. From a young age she has always had financial difficulties, but even so she has always fought to get ahead in life. Her mother always instilled in her a love for school and the desire to be successful, and she has taught her how important school is to being able to achieve a good future and a better quality of life. She attended elementary school with many sacrifices because they had to pay a tuition, and then when she went to high school she had to care for her younger siblings on the weekends so her mom could work.

When she was young she had a bitter experience with some relatives. When she finished elementary school they offered to help her with high school and college. In view of this good opportunity, when she was only 10 years old, she accepted what she thought was an excellent opportunity, but with time and after many humiliations and bad treatment, and although she graduated from high school, she understood that it had been a mistake and later decided to go back to her parents and her siblings because she was no longer willing to endure more abuse.

Later she tried to find opportunities to study, but it seemed that every time she tried to search something intervened; it was almost impossible. If the majority of times it was not for money that she did not have for the application form or things like that, then it was for some other requirement; at times they gave her options for credits or loans but she did not have someone to serve as a guarantor.

Now she is a single mother of two beautiful girls, and she tries to fight to offer them a better future since she dreams of giving them a good education and a good opportunity to take them to college because, although they are young now, one wants to be a doctor and the other an anthropologist.

At this time she is attending the second semester of financial accounting and it has been difficult; she is not sure whether for lack of studying or lack of experience. In addition, she has not been able to find stable employment. Therefore she has had to take whatever work comes along, as the expression goes; she has been working as a domestic employee, an assistant in the kitchen, and an assistant along the school route. She is always trying to fulfill her obligations and the expenses of her daughters (the rent, monthly payment for kindergarten, food, clothing, shoes, utilities, health, and semester fees).
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Paola es la mayor de siete hermanos, desde muy pequeña siempre ha tenido dificultades económicas, pero aun así siempre ha luchado por salir adelante, su madre siempre le inculcó el amor por el estudio y el deseo de salir adelante. Y le ha enseñado lo importante que es el estudio para lograr obtener un buen futuro y una mejor calidad de vida.
Estudió la primaria con muchos sacrificios pues debían pagar una pensión y entonces cuando ella llegaba del colegio y los fines de semana debía cuidar a sus hermanitos para que su mamá pudiera trabajar.
Cuando era una niña tuvo una amarga experiencia con unos familiares, cuando terminó la primaria, le ofrecieron ayudarla con la secundaria y la universidad. Ante esta buena oportunidad y teniendo tan solo 10 años, ella aceptó la que parecía una excelente oportunidad, pero solo con el tiempo, y después de muchas humillaciones y malos tratos; y aunque se graduó como bachiller, entendió que había sido un error; y luego decidió volver con sus padres y sus hermanos; pues ya no estaba dispuesta a soportar más malos tratos.
Luego trató de buscar oportunidades para poder estudiar, pero parecía que cada vez que trataba de buscar, algo se interponía; era casi imposible. Si no era por dinero la mayoría de las veces entonces no tenía para el formulario o cosas así, era por algún otro requisito; en ocasiones le daban opciones para créditos o prestamos, pero no tenía quien le sirviera de fiador
Ahora ella es madre soltera de dos hermosas niñas; y trata de luchar por brindarles un mejor futuro, pues ella sueña con poderles brindar un buen estudio y una buena oportunidad de llevarlas a una universidad pues ahora que son pequeñas, una quiere ser doctora y la otra antropóloga.
En este momento está cursando II semestre de contabilidad financiera y aunque ha sido difícil ya que no se si sea por falta de estudio o por falta de experiencia, ella no ha podido conseguir un empleo estable, entonces ha tenido que trabajar como se dice en lo que salga, como empleada doméstica, como auxiliar de cocina, como auxiliar de ruta escolar. Siempre tratando de cumplir con sus obligaciones y los gastos de sus hijas (arriendo, mensualidad del jardín, alimentación, ropa, calzado, útiles, salud, cuotas del semestre).

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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

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 365
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,629,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,840.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $225 helped Enyi Paola to finish her studies in financial accounting.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 31, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 31, 2013