Total loan: $1,000


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Soledad, Atlantico, Colombia / Education

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A loan helped to pay expenses so he can apply for a Masters in Chemical Engineering.

Yamid's story

Yamid, 25, was born in the small district, Ciénaga, on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. He is the oldest of three children. His parents have a drug store and with their savings, they paid for Yamid to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Atlantico, where he got the second highest classification out of the 26 graduates. Yamid’s dream is to go to Europe to do a Masters in Chemical Engineering. To be able to do this, he needs Kiva’s help, as it is the only way that he can cover the costs of his language exams, entry tests and university fees. Once he has completed his Masters and returned to Colombia, he would like to work as a lecturer and researcher, helping to improve the range of high value-added products in the market. Here is his story: Since my final year at university, it has been clear in my mind that one of my main aims is to go abroad and do a Masters in Engineering. I have always stood out academically, but right now I haven’t got the funds to do my TOEFL English exam, GRE General Test or meet other requirements to get a place on a postgraduate course. Although my parents support my goals, they cannot cover such high costs because of their limited financial position. Although I am working at the moment as a research assistant for a sustainable Chemical and Biochemical Processes research group, I can only save a small amount of money. To get the money I need to apply for the course would take me a long time, putting back my dream for at least a year. Kiva can play an essential role here in allowing me to speed up my application process. With this support I can complete the Masters and be able to return sooner to contribute to the development of this country. My main motivation for getting a place on a Masters at one of the leading universities in Chemical Engineering is so that I can return to Colombia and contribute to the production of high value-added products. Colombia is one of the largest producers of commodities in the world, producing and selling great quantities of resources like coal, oil and nickel, among others. My main aim is to be able to work in engineering research so we can use these raw materials to manufacture products for the electronics industry. These would generate more profits for the small and medium sized local enterprises favoring a more equitable growth. As a chemical engineer, I’m convinced that I can contribute to making my country one of the leaders in the field of electronic materials, making use of the potential and the resources that we have at our disposal. There’s no doubt that investing in human capital can help a nation overcome any situation, a point I would like to prove through my own life experience. Little by little, by investing in the people who make up society, we can help it progress and move forward.