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Marly
Marly is 26 years old and was born in Manizales, a city situated in the Colombian coffee-growing region. Thanks to her father's daily hard work as a taxi driver and her mother's work as a secondary school teacher, Marly studied economics at the University of Manizales. Her academic abilities enabled her to continue studying for a Masters, in which she was awarded the grade of merit for her thesis.

Marly dreams of doing a PhD and support from Kiva would help her to pay to register for the exam of TOEFL and GRE, the translation of her academic documentation into English and the application to universities in the US and the UK. Once she has her PhD, Marly hopes to impact positively on public affairs by working on research into economics applied to real situations, bringing about changes and proposals on matters of policy which drive development and improve the quality of life of her city and the country.

Here is her story:

Although I have my family's support in achieving this dream, my parents cannot manage to cover such high costs as these due to their limited economic situation. Although I am currently working and saving, the money is not enough to cover the academic costs. For this reason it is necessary for me to ask for Kiva's help, as this can help me to reach my academic, professional and personal goals which are based on my plans to study for a PhD abroad.

There are 2 reasons for wanting to study for my PhD abroad; firstly because in my area of interest, which is economic policy and development, there are excellent schools and teachers located mainly in Europe and the US. In this sense, to be able to study under the conceptual and methodological guidance of the people who are at the cutting edge of their field is an excellent opportunity for any student in the world. My second reason is more personal and relates to my interest in intercultural exchange and meeting people from other countries who may have similar interests.

I have worked in economic and social research and impact evaluation and this has motivated me to follow an educational path which includes a PhD which will strengthen and enrich the practical knowledge I already have. Moreover, it would give me pride and satisfaction to be able to contribute to the development of my city and my country, to be able to impact positively, via strategies and/or programmes under a public-private alliance, on improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable people and the economic development of my city. For the above reasons I am interested in doing a PhD in economics as a way of fulfilling my study goals and to strengthen my employment skills.

The only guarantee I have is that I will put in the maximum effort and give the best of myself.
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Marly tiene 26 años y nació en Manizales, población ubicada en la zona cafetera colombiana. Gracias al diario trabajo de su padre como conductor de taxi y a su madre como profesora de secundaria, Marly estudió economía en la Universidad de Manizales, cuyos méritos académicos le permitieron continuar con estudios de maestría en la que la tesis de grado obtuvo la calificación de meritoria.

Marly tiene el sueño de realizar un doctorado y el apoyo de Kiva ayudaría a que pueda pagar la inscripción al examen de TOEFL y GRE, la traducción de la documentación académica al inglés y la aplicación a las universidades en Estados Unidos y Reino Unido.
Una vez realice el doctorado, Marly sueña con incidir positivamente en temas públicos a través de trabajar en investigación en economía aplicada a situaciones reales, generando cambios y propuestas en temas de política que impulse el desarrollo y mejore los niveles de calidad de vida de su ciudad y el país.

Aquí está su historia:

A pesar de que cuento con el apoyo de mi familia para cumplir este sueño, mis padres no pueden llegar a cubrir gastos tan elevados como estos debido a su limitada situación económica. Aunque actualmente me encuentro trabajando y ahorrando, el dinero no es suficiente para los pagos de los gastos académicos. Por tal razón se hace necesario para mí solicitar el apoyo de Kiva, ya que puede servirme para cumplir mis metas académicas, profesionales y personales que se trazan al proyectarme en estudiar un doctorado en el exterior.
Tengo dos motivaciones para estudiar mi posgrado de doctorado en el exterior, en primer lugar porque en el área de mi interés que es la política económica y el desarrollo tiene unas excelentes escuelas y docentes ubicados principalmente en el países europeos y estadounidense; en este sentido, poder estudiar bajo la guía conceptual y metodológica de quienes transforman la frontera de conocimiento es una excelente oportunidad para cualquier estudiante del mundo. Una segunda motivación es más personal y está relacionada con el interés de realizar intercambios culturales y de conocimientos con personas de otros países que posiblemente tengan intereses similares.

He trabajado en investigación económica, social y de evaluación de impacto y esto me ha impulsado a trazarme una trayectoria educativa que incluye el estudio de un doctorado (PhD) que fortalezca y enriquezca mis conocimientos prácticos adquiridos. Además, para mí sería un motivo de orgullo y satisfacción poder contribuir al desarrollo de mi ciudad y de mi país, de poder por medio de estrategias y/o programas bajo alianzas público-privadas, impactar positivamente en la mejora de la calidad de vida de las personas más vulnerables y del desarrollo económico de mi ciudad. Por dichos antecedentes me interesa, realizar un doctorado en economía como una ruta para cumplir mis metas de estudios y para fortalecer mis competencias laborales. La única garantía que tengo es poner todo mi empeño y dar lo mejor de mí.

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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
  • 488
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,259,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,888.2
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $1,450 helped Marly to cover the application costs to study for a PhD in economics.
84% repaid
Repayment Term
25 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Irregularly
Disbursed:
Nov 25, 2013
Listed
Oct 3, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
May 21, 2015