A loan of $225 helped to finish her studies in financial accounting.

Enyi Paola's story

Paola is the oldest of seven children. From a young age she has always had financial difficulties, but even so she has always fought to get ahead in life. Her mother always instilled in her a love for school and the desire to be successful, and she has taught her how important school is to being able to achieve a good future and a better quality of life. She attended elementary school with many sacrifices because they had to pay a tuition, and then when she went to high school she had to care for her younger siblings on the weekends so her mom could work.

When she was young she had a bitter experience with some relatives. When she finished elementary school they offered to help her with high school and college. In view of this good opportunity, when she was only 10 years old, she accepted what she thought was an excellent opportunity, but with time and after many humiliations and bad treatment, and although she graduated from high school, she understood that it had been a mistake and later decided to go back to her parents and her siblings because she was no longer willing to endure more abuse.

Later she tried to find opportunities to study, but it seemed that every time she tried to search something intervened; it was almost impossible. If the majority of times it was not for money that she did not have for the application form or things like that, then it was for some other requirement; at times they gave her options for credits or loans but she did not have someone to serve as a guarantor.

Now she is a single mother of two beautiful girls, and she tries to fight to offer them a better future since she dreams of giving them a good education and a good opportunity to take them to college because, although they are young now, one wants to be a doctor and the other an anthropologist.

At this time she is attending the second semester of financial accounting and it has been difficult; she is not sure whether for lack of studying or lack of experience. In addition, she has not been able to find stable employment. Therefore she has had to take whatever work comes along, as the expression goes; she has been working as a domestic employee, an assistant in the kitchen, and an assistant along the school route. She is always trying to fulfill her obligations and the expenses of her daughters (the rent, monthly payment for kindergarten, food, clothing, shoes, utilities, health, and semester fees).

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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