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Charles is applying for a loan to support his studies for a year at the MERU. This is his story:

My name is Charles, I am studying for a Bachelor 's Degree in Management and specialising in Nature Conservation and Sustainable Living at the Maharishi Institute. I'm 33 and origionaly from Ogies in Mpumalanga.

My mother divorced my father when I was 7 months old and she has brought me and my two siblings up alone. My sister (first born) is attending the University of Pretoria and I have a son who is attending Grade 1 at Sukumani Primary School. In my spare time I listen to the radio, read economics, spiritual and political books.

I plan to graduate by December 2014. After graduation, I would like to be a Nature Conservationist at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve and part time Stock Exchange Investor. I would like to get married, build a home for us, and give my child a better future than mine.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

Maharishi students repay their loans with work-study wages while attending school. However, due to the unpredictable nature of their work-study schedules, they may not be able to make regular repayments. In these instances, Maharishi Institute provides an advance that is deducted from students' future wages. This gives student borrowers more flexibility in meeting their loan repayment obligations while they are still in school.

Important Information

The Maharishi Education for Invincibility Trust (MEIT) extends educational opportunities to poor and historically excluded students in South Africa. By combining distance and computer learning with practical experience, the institute equips students with access to the skills and training they need to compete in tough job markets and build bright futures. Kiva funding will help students pay for tuition and other basic expenses so they can study and thrive.

Maharishi students take out loans for each year of tuition separately on Kiva. Each concurrent loan's repayment period begins after the previous load has been fully repaid.

About South Africa

  • $12,700
    Average annual income
  • 1
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    South Africa Loans Fundraising
  • $875,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 9.0
    South Africa Rand (ZAR) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $2,100 helped Charles to pay for one year tuition fees and living expenses at Maharishi Ezemvelo Rural University (MERU).
40% repaid
Repayment Term
62 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 15, 2013
May 3, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss: