A loan of $1,500 helped to pay for an advanced technical degree in insurance.

Wara Cristina's story

Wara Cristina, a young 22 year old woman, was born in La Paz, Bolivia. She is single and lives with her small one year old daughter. Wara tells us that her life was difficult because her parents decided to separate when she was seven. She and her three sisters were left to live with their mother. Later, two of them left home because they got pregnant and decided to live with their partners. This situation greatly affected her mother, who took to drink and lost her job. Shortly after, the household economy was affected and they even had to go to aid centers where they provided food because they didn’t receive much financial support from their father. However, seeing the situation, he decided to take them to live with his new family.
Wara decided to live alone and started working in a day-care center, and in the afternoons she studied for a secretarial degree. She was a messenger, then a secretary, and now she is in charge of collections. This professional growth made Wara decide to enroll in a technical course in the area of insurance. She is confident that with the newly acquired knowledge and tools, she will have many more opportunities of growing and aspiring to a better salary. Currently, her income is just enough to cover the monthly expenses for herself and her daughter. Her dream is to become a professional and improve her income so that she can provide her daughter with a better quality of life and help her mother financially. Wara is grateful to the people who provide her with the financial resources that will allow her to continue studying and fulfilling her dreams.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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