Farangees is a first-year student of the American University of Central Asia. Here is her story.
"My name is Farangees. I have graduated a high school in Khorog, Tajikistan this year and enrolled the American University of Central Asia.
I would like to describe how active am I in the social life. I love being involved in different extracurricular activities. I volunteer in my school and in the Youth Center of Khorog. My responsibilities both at school and the Youth Center are the same: I teach Math and English language. At school I teach to younger students, but as for the Youth Center, there are students of different ages attending my classes. Before applying to the American University of Central Asia, I have conducted a small research and interviews with the currently enrolled students, trying to identify the amounts of funds required for studying at AUCA and living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I leave in the family of 7, including myself. I am the eldest child in the family, meaning that I bear the responsibility to support my younger sister and brother and my parents now, when I already grew up. Therefore my family is not able to afford full tuition fees at AUCA. I need KIVA loan to ensure that I will not have to think about finance while I pursue my degree. I think it is worth mentioning that from the very beginning, when I just heard about the American University of Central Asia, I started thinking of studying there, as lots of people study there from all over Central Asian region, and it is one of the best Universities in the region. AUCA gives lots of opportunities to all the students one of which is Kiva loan. The loan helps students to cover their tuition fees, which is a great help to those students who cannot afford paying the fees fully."
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.