A loan of $350 helped to get a professional technical education in finance accounting.

Carol Vanessa's story

Carol has 5 brothers and very loving parents. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a teacher. Her time in high school was very nice and she met special people. She graduated from high school in 2010. Her parents have always wanted her to succeed so they decided to send her to the capital city to live with her aunt and uncle, since it is the birthplace of many universities and there are many job options.

A little after she finished high school, she tried to go to the public universities but it was not possible and that semester she could not study because private universities are very expensive and her parents could not pay for it. She met a friend through the corporation and saw an easy opportunity to finance. She enrolled in the financial account program and began studying with the help of her parents who paid for her studies until she came of age.

At the required age, she decided to start working and her parents supported it because they realized it would be difficult to keep paying for her studies. Another friend of hers recommended a call center where she was currently working. She recognizes it is difficult but sometimes it is necessary to make sacrifices for what you want. Thanks to the work, she can pay for her studies and fulfill personal expenses.

Her free time is very limited, for she studies half the day and works the rest of the day, but she enjoys it knowing one day she will get the fruits of her labor. She is considered an entrepreneurial person and because of that her vision goes even further. She plans to finish her technical career and do the professional accounting finance program. She is only missing a few things before that point, and is very proud of that.

She feels happy to see that there are organizations like KIVA that what to support and promote the development of higher education in the world, especially in a country with few opportunities, but full of many people like her who want to get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katherine Deutch

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