A loan of $375 helped to continue with her second semester of nursing at Campoalto.

Diana Rocio's story

Diana Duarte is a first semester student at Campoalto. She is the mother of two children aged 17 and 4 years old. The oldest has graduated from high school but can't enter university for financial reasons. So he's at home right now. The youngest is in kindergarten. Diana is responsible economically for both of them and works in family's homes or takes care of seniors. But her employment is sporadic. They live in a rented apartment without much luxury. Diana's income barely covers the household expenses so they must limit themselves in many aspects and go without in others. At this time her best prospect to get ahead and offer her family a better quality of life is through the education of both herself and her children.

Besides her children Diana must also help her mother who is 56 years old. She is also a nursing aide but because of her age, social prejudices and the requirements of some institutions, she has not found any work. Fortunately she takes care of the two children while Diana is working or studying.

Diana is an example of getting ahead and effort. She has carried on alone in the face of great adversity. Three years ago she separated from her husband for motive of mistreatment. She has not been in communication with the father of her children, not even to claim the economic recompense due to her by law. He does not work and she doesn't want to put her family through this type of experience. So she decided to continue alone.

Given this whole situation she considers the help offered her for her program at Campoalto, a respite from a difficult economic situation. She can help her son with his expenses at University which begins in June. Campoalto has given her the opportunity to study and at this time her marks are outstanding. She hopes to continue like this during her whole course and graduate with honors.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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