Diego, 24, was born in Potosi and now lives with his aunt in El Alto, which falls under the La Paz office.
Diego is single and is the youngest of three brothers. His parents split up several years ago and as he has never lived with his father so he gets no support from him. His mother is the only person who looks after the family. She lives in Potosi and works in a cake shop so that she can provide for the household. From time to time she sends him money.
Diego started working three years ago to contribute to the expenses at his aunt's house. To do this he had to give up studying at university. However, when he found out about the programme which made it possible to carry on with studies, he found the motivation to go back to university and take up his course again. To do this he had to choose a timetable which allows him to work and then study in the evening.
For Diego, it is very important to finish university and be an example to his younger cousins who he lives with. He can also help them financially. But above all, his dream is the same as his mother's: to see her three children working as professional people. Diego tells us that his dream is to be one of the best and to get a steady job.
He is grateful to the people who give financial help to young people and generate new opportunities for them to study.
Diego es un joven de 24 años de edad, nació en el departamento de Potosí y actualmente vive con su tía en la ciudad de El Alto del departamento de La Paz– Bolivia.
Diego es soltero, es el menor de tres hermanos, sus padres están separados hace muchos años y menciona que al no haber vivido con su padre, no contó con su apoyo, su mamá fue la única que se ocupó de su familia, ella vive en la ciudad de Potosí y trabaja en una pastelería para mantener su hogar y ocasionalmente le envía algo de dinero.
Diego empezó a trabajar hace tres años para aportar en la casa de su tía, por lo cual tuvo que dejar la universidad, sin embargo, al enterarse de la existencia de un programa que le daba la oportunidad de continuar con sus estudios, se motivó a volver a la universidad y retomar su carrera profesional, debiendo de esta manera elegir horarios que le permitan trabajar y estudiar de noche. Para Diego es muy importante salir de la universidad pues será un ejemplo para sus primos menores con los que actualmente vive y los podrá ayudar económicamente, pero además por que cumplirá el anhelo que su mamá siempre tubo, ver a sus tres hijos profesionales. Diego nos cuenta que su sueño es ser uno de los mejores y lograr tener un trabajo estable.
Diego agradece a las personas que a través de sus recursos económicos ayudan a los jóvenes y generan nuevas oportunidades para sus estudios.
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This loan is part of EDUCA-PRO's effort to help Bolivian students afford to enroll in technical, undergraduate and post-graduate programs. The goal is to bridge the gap between Bolivia's education system and job market by equipping more bright young people with the degrees they need to secure good jobs. This loan is designed specifically for students with a low interest rate and a longer repayment period.
About your loan through Kiva Field Partner FUNDA-PRO
Kiva field partner FUNDA-PRO is a nonprofit organization considered to be one of Bolivia’s leading financial institutions focused on developing Bolivia’s rural business sector. Among the many programs that FUNDA-PRO manages, one of the most prominent is EDUCA-PRO.
Like Kiva, EDUCA-PRO is committed to creating opportunity for talented young people through innovative financial products and services. These products will enable the youth population in Bolivia to have access to better education and higher paying jobs to improve their families’ quality of life. Though its partnership with Kiva, EDUCA-PRO will be able to expand its outreach in remote and rural areas, supporting students in their pursuit of degrees and jobs to help their families.