A loan of $250 helped to finish her studies.

Maria Alejandra's story

This is Alejandra, age 19. Even at a young age she liked the field of healthcare and wanted to be a great doctor or nurse. When she finished school, she gave birth to her daughter and had to wait a year to study. For economic reasons, she was not able to study medicine, so studying to be a licensed practical nurse seemed like a good start. Time passed, and after her daughter reached 6 months of age Alejandra started to work because she needed to earn money to study. She started working at a bar and saved all the money she could. After a year of working, she searched on the internet for schools where she could study to be a licensed practical nurse. She had never heard of Campo Alto, but an old friend who had completed the same degree there found out that she was looking for schools and highly recommended Campo Alto. So, Alejandra went there to look around and ask about what she would need, and she liked it a lot. That was when she decided to start studying there.
Before she started she had to think about who would care for her daughter. Being a young mother, her parents have always supported her with her studies, but they weren't able to take care of her daughter. Alejandra enrolled her in daycare, and this took a lot of work. Once her daughter was settled, Alejandra started to study. She is now in her second semester and is very happy because she knows that her hard work will be rewarded one way or another. She has very much enjoyed studying at Campo Alto. The professors are excellent and her fellow students are very friendly.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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