A loan of $450 helped to pay for a semester of tuition.

Karol Stephanie's story

This is Karol. She is 27 years old. Since childhood, she has loved the field of health and helping others, but, like everybody else, her life has not been easy. She had the opportunity to study medicine, but had to give it up because of financial problems. After going through a difficult situation with her family, she no longer had their support. She decided to make a life decision, and that is when she left home.

At that point, she was determined to find a job to support herself and to return to her education, so she got started with nursing. She enrolled in school, made it to her third semester, and was doing clinical practice in the Fontibón hospital. What she didn't know what that she was pregnant; she was four months along. She found out through routine exams that she had to do at a check-up, and wow... surprise.

At that moment, she was crying because she didn't know what to do. She recalls that upon seeing the first ultrasound, all that mattered to her was knowing whether the baby was okay, whether it had all its fingers and toes, and that she cried with joy.

Thank God, despite everything, the baby was born safe and sound. She waited to complete her degree and she quit her job. She stayed home two months with the baby and then began looking for work. That's how she ended up where she is currently working; it's a place where they gave her a chance to better herself and to support herself, and she has been able to give her son everything he needs.

She wanted to return to her education, and she started looking for a way. That's how she registered online at Campo Alto; she also wanted to be able to do her clinical practice at night and for her studies not to interfere with her job.

Upon starting her first semester, everything went well until she started to be overwhelmed by her expenses. Even then, she has always stayed on top of her payments and outstanding items. She has always been determined to be a great student and above all, to be dedicated to what she does. At the end of the last semester, she was a little worried because she couldn't pay off what she owed for that semester, but in the end she managed to come up with the money and pay it off. She still owes, but she is getting there little by little.

Because she did so well academically, Karol is asking for Kiva's support. This will help her to not be so worried every month about her payments, and it would be a great help toward her being able to fulfill her goals and plans and be able to prove to herself and to her son that she can make it without anyone's help. In addition, her little baby is already starting at nursery school this year, and that will be an additional expense.

So that is the story of Karol, a real warrior, and of how Campo Alto has been a great chance for her to overcome her challenges, as they provide great opportunities to their students.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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