A loan of $3,225 helped pay for the costs of his industrial engineering courses.

Luismel Reynaldo's story

Luismel Reynaldo is studying industrial engineering. He is seeking a loan to pay for educational expenses. Here is his story: 'My name is Luismel. I am 21 years old and live in La Vega where I was born and raised. I am single and have no children. My parents are poor: my mother is a nurse at the La Vega hospital and my father sells goods in the streets of the town.

I am now in the 8th semester of an industrial engineering course at UCATECI. I enjoy studying about production materials, methods, and maintenance.

A loan from Kiva-FUNDAPEC would be the solution to my problems as without it I would not be able to continue studying. I do not have a job with which to support myself while I study, and my parents barely earn enough to live on. My goal is to get a good professional job and be able to use my knowledge in society. I want to do my share so that many Dominicans can leave behind the poverty in which they live.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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