Medina is a first-year student of AUCA, department of Business Administration. Here is her story.
“I can imagine the ideal person of Kyrgyzstan. It is a citizen who has a good education, sets long term goals of life. That’s how I want to be. I was dreaming about studying Business Administration (BA) at AUCA. The idea and interest of this specialty came to me when I was participating in the “Tech Age Girls” project organized by IREX. As a finalist of this project, I went to Bishkek for a two-week conference and learned a lot of useful information. This project totally changed my life and goals. During the conference, I have met with famous women leaders who achieved a lot in their life, such as deputy Shirin Aitmatova, US Ambassador to Kyrgysztan, Pamela L. Spratlen, and others.
The idea of studying BA came to me during the course “business etiquette”. In this course I learned how business corporations work and how to behave in a business organization. In the second week of conference, I participated in a mini-internship at one of the IT companies in Kyrgyzstan.
I want to learn more about production, how business companies use marketing to know the value of the product. In the future, I want to be a manager and a business woman in Kyrgyzstan. My ideal woman leader is Gulnara Kalikova. She is a successful business woman and I inspire her leadership skills.
During and after my studies at AUCA I want to continue helping to people by actively participating in civil society initiatives. With gained knowledge and skills from BA department I want to contribute to the development of my country.
However, I am not able to afford full tuition at AUCA. I hope to get a KIVA loan to ensure that I will not have to struggle with my finances while I pursue my degree.”
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.