A loan of $575 helped to study for a career as an advocate for children's rights.

Angélica's story

Angelica, 32, studied psychology at Valle University in Cali, Colombia and says that she was able to finish her degree thanks to the unconditional support of her mother, brothers and sisters. She had an excellent academic record at the university and received a stipend that covered the cost of her tuition there. The stipend was a big help for her family, who operate a clothing sales business, as well as for her.

Angelica now wants to study for a masters degree at the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes in France. She is applying to Kiva lenders for a loan that she will use to cover the costs of translating and processing official documents, related travel expenses, and tuition fees.

Here is her story:

I knew from the time that I was seven years old that I wanted to work with children. We were living in Venezuela then and my mother was caring for children there. I wanted to understand how children developed and, above all, the way that family, social and cultural dynamics shape children. That urge I felt led me to study psychology, but I had to wait five years before I could start at the university because I had to work and pull enough money together to pay the related costs. Once there, I was able to make sense of the many questions that I had and work through the complexities they entailed.

After two year as a psychologist at an institution for the protection of children whose rights had been violated, I knew that I wanted to learn more. I was struck by the many, many ways that the rights of children are violated and threatened. Specifically, I wanted to understand--to put it in the context of my planned masters thesis--the process for arresting children and the ways that the process relates to violations and threats to children's rights.

This urge, then, awakened first in my childhood and still strong through my years at the university, has become a social imperative for children's rights and well-being. An imperative that requires a joint effort and the advancement of the work to which I have dedicated myself. I hope Kiva lenders will join the cause because your support represents the engine that will drive us to the goal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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