Aitolkun is a student of the American University of Central Asia, department of Anthropology, and here is her story:
“I grew up without realizing much that good quality education determines ones’ chances in life and access to things. I opened up many things for myself once I finished high school and started to face existing structures in our society. I finished high school last year, and because of my relatively low educational background, I could not enter AUCA.
I decided to prepare well to be able to apply the year after. During my preparations, I took classes in Anthropology. It allowed me to learn so many things about myself while reading articles about various cultures, family structures, and other social institutions. I could see and feel how gradually I started to change, and I want to breed these changes in my life.
I believe that Anthropology will let me understand my society, as well as broaden societies we are connected with more in-depth. I hope to grow through the walls of AUCA, stand on my own feet, and be one of the contributors to the development of my society.
As all other students of AUCA, I have a very unique opportunity to apply for a Kiva loan, which will allow me to cover my tuition fees.”
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.