'Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare it today.' Malcolm X, African-American Muslim Minister and Human Rights activist."
This is how Aidai started her essay applying for financial aid to the American University of Central Asia, where she is a first-year student. Aidai is sure that education is vital in life and this is what she is convinced of from being involved in the school experience that she had.
Aidai wants to study at the American University of Central Asia, as it gives the best education in Central Asia. At the same time, she wonders about the financial part of this issue, as her family cannot afford paying the tuition fees. But she doesn’t want money to stop her from her studies.
Aidai tries to be helpful to her parents and save money to partially cover her tuition fees, and this summer she is planning to work as a tourist guide for foreigners, which is also a good opportunity and experience for English speaking students. A Kiva loan would let Aidai be more concentrated on her studies, not on thinking about how to earn money for her tuition.
The American University of Central Asia has been the university of her dreams for years and she doesn’t want financial restrictions to be a barrier for her future success.
About American University of Central Asia
The American University of Central Asia (AUCA) is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Founded in 1993 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute, it provides a unique American-style liberal arts curriculum for top students in the region.
About 90% of AUCA students receive financial aid of some sort. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to supplement financial aid packages with loans offered to students starting their freshman year at the university.