A loan of $500 helped to pay his application costs for a Master's degree in Sound Design for Film and Television.

Alejandro's story

Alejandro is 26 years old and was born in Cali, Colombia. He was able to study social communication at the Public University of Valle because he received financial support from the state for his excellent academic record and his family's limited financial situation. Currently, Alejandro and his brother only have their mother's financial support since his father died some time ago.

Alejandro is passionate about technology and his dream is to study for a Master's degree in sound design in the United Kingdom. Once he is admited to one of the best universities in Colombia, he is sure that his good grades, media experience, and social projects will allow him to receive a grant to finance his studies. Now, he is asking for this Kiva loan because it is the only way he can pay for a TOEFL preparation course and the exam fee, which are the first things he has to do to achieve his dream.

Here is his story:

The great passion of my life is music and sound. I have received music education since I was very young. I started studying my first musical instrument when I was eight years old. More recently I have participated in opportunities that have allowed me to develop my talent and that of many other young people for social transformation through the media, spreading messages of well-being, hope, knowledge, and development.

Movies are another one of my hobbies, and for that reason I have worked on short and long films since high school. I made academic and financial effort to study at the school of social communication at the University of Valle, which is known for its emphasis on audiovisual studies and its alumni filmmakers.

For the last few years, I have been developing and participating in projects that fuse audiovisual with music and sound. I have a music blog and have played in groups. I have designed some sound pieces for short films being edited and I have also worked as a DJ.

However, at this time my dream is to bring my talent to the next level and that is why I want to learn the art of sound design from the best. I have chosen to study in the United Kingdom, among other reasons, because of the affinity I feel for their contribution to world culture through music and their world famous quality in sound engineering.

Once I return to this country, I dream of contributing socially in Colombia by creating my own digital media company where I advise young people from marginalized areas on audiovisual techniques, using social media, and community video oriented to sound, music, and sound design.

The support of Kiva is without doubt the most important tool that I have to take the first step necessary to achieve my dream. This loan will cover the cost of a preparation course for the English proficiency exam as well as the cost of enrolling at one of the universities I plan to apply to.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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