A loan of $2,050 helped to pay for one year of tuition fees and living expenses at the Maharishi Institute.

Keketso's story

Keketso is a Business Management student of the Maharishi Institute. Keketso is 24 years old and was asked the following questions by a staff member of the Institute:

What do you study at the Maharishi Institute and what classes do you enjoy most?
“I am currently studying Business Administration at the Maharishi Institute with the intention of obtaining first a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and then a Masters of Business Administration degree.”

What are your goals after graduation?
"My ultimate goals are to become a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of at least two companies that are not my own, and also establish my own organizations, both locally and internationally. I have a wide variety of interests; thus the sectors in which I will work include mining, banking, health, insurance, public sector, energy and fashion. I see myself becoming a global citizen; thus I intend to work in different cities, meaning that I will get to travel and also see first-hand how my international organizations are progressing."

Tell us about your background?
“I was born in Gauteng in a township called Vosloorus. I was, however, raised by a single parent, my mother, as my father passed away a year after I was born. I am the only child at home. My mother is a self-employed seamstress, and that is how she is able to provide for us and put me through school. She is my source of inspiration, as seeing how hard she worked to educate me motivates me, and this has shown me that nothing is impossible when hard work and passion come together.”

What do you do in your spare time?
“In my spare time I read, write and jot down all of the business ideas that I get and also plan on how I will start and manage my business. I also design clothing and volunteer at orphanages.”

How will the Kiva loan change your life?
“The Kiva loan will make a significant difference in my life, as making ends meet has been a big challenge since I began pursuing this degree. With this loan, I will be able to not only pay for tuition, but also pay for most of my basic necessities. This loan will help ease the pressure I experience when there are financial costs that need to be covered, and I don’t have the means to do so.”

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