A loan of $1,725 helped to pay for one year of tuition fees and living expenses at the Maharishi Institute.

Ashley's story

Ashley is a Business Management Student at the Maharishi Institute. Ashley is 21 years old and was asked the following questions by a staff member of the Institute:

What do you study at the Maharishi Institute and what classes do you enjoy most?

“I am studying Bachelor of Business Administration and enjoy all the classes but especially the meditation, as it has helped me to manage classes that I wasn’t very good at before, like Mathematics.”

What are your goals after graduation?

“After graduating, I would like to work for a large listed company, preferably in the HR department, as I believe that HR plays a central role in business. While working I would like to study Human Resources part-time through the University of South Africa. After some initial experience I would like to work in other African countries.”

Tell us about your background.

“I was born and bred in Soweto in 1992. My father passed away in 1996, so my siblings and I were raised by a single parent. I had four siblings but the eldest one passed away in 2006. My mother is almost 60 years old and works as a tailor from our home.”

What do you do in your spare time?

“I spend most of my time channeling my energy to positive things like writing poetry for my music career, playing soccer and reading novels.”

How will the Kiva loan change your life?

“It would help me to get to school every day and on time, as I would be able to change the way that I get to university. I would also be able to buy some formal clothing to come to school looking more presentable and neat, like the other students.”

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