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Meerim’s Story: Paving the way for her sisters in Kyrgyzstan

Millions of young women and girls around the world are denied the right to get an education, and denied the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cultural norms, shortages of teachers and the costs of tuition and books all contribute to keeping 63 million girls out of primary and secondary school.

But there are also stories of hope — stories like Meerim, who has lived her entire life in Kyrgyzstan, a country stricken with political instability and high rates of poverty.

Her life was forever changed by 41 strangers from 15 countries through See how her story unfolds.


Through her struggles, Meerim has held fast to her dream of getting an education and being a role model to her younger sisters.

“I want be a good example for my sisters… showing them if you study you will create your future.”

Meerim is pursuing her dream of diplomacy, to introduce her country and everything she loves about it to other nations around the world. At the same time, she’s an ambassador for all girls who dream to follow in her footsteps someday.

“I think in my future I will become a politician, because it was my dream from my childhood and why not, because I have opportunity, I have a Kiva loan to study in AUCA. So I have chance to — make real my dreams.”

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About the author

Rourke Healey

Rourke was born and raised in the East Bay Area. He recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles where he studied Diplomacy and World Affairs and minored in Psychology. During his junior year, Rourke studied abroad in Arusha, Tanzania where he developed a keen interest in international development. He has returned to the East African region twice to complete Swahili training and his thesis research on middle class consumer behavior in Dar es Salaam. His passion for microfinance was discovered when he travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal last winter to work with an MFI supporting women’s empowerment though microloans. Rourke enjoys biking, getting outdoors and exploring new places. At home, he spends his free time writing, watching live music and going to local sporting events.