A loan of $325 helped to pay for one semester's tuition.

Johan Camilo's story

This is Camilo. What Camilo wants is to acquire various skills, making the most of his time and thoroughly exploring different subjects that he's interested in, so he can get into every possible field.
He believes that in today's world it is necessary for a person to have knowledge of multiple areas, because they will always be well-accepted and will be able to tackle any task that they're assigned, not necessarily work-related. This will always bring them new experiences.
His immediate goal is to begin his studies in auto mechanics and get a degree in this field of expertise. This is a subject that he's very interested in, especially in regards to knowing the parts that make up the engines, how they work and how important each one of them is.
From an early age, Camilo has been interested in cars, mechanics and, in general, devices that have to do with manual, electronic or electric movement. Perhaps herein lies the connection to his enjoyment and his penchant for skating, an extreme sport that is a hobby and a passion for him and that brings him a great deal of adrenaline and interest in wheels.
What motivates Camilo is how enthusiastic he gets everytime he thinks about his biggest hobby: skating. His dream is to combine his studies with his hobby. Gradually he begins to ask himself how to get an idea to create a new device or machine that combines his studies and his training with his favorite sport.
In two years, Camilo would like to own his own business repairing vehicles and manufacuring unique accessories that are different from the ordinary ones, luxury and exclusive. That way he'll become well-known and popular in his trade and he'll be able to teach others, and above all he'll provide job opportunities for young people with no experience. Unfortunately, in his country they have limited opportunities, and their energy and especially their creativity need to be put to use.
Nevertheless, in order to get there he has to go through several steps, and that takes practice. Therefore, first he has to start working some place where he'll get experience and ask around about so many well-known and renowned places that are mainly in Bogota, so he can get a job in one of them.
At the moment, the loan would be of great help to Camilo, because his parents would have to pay for his tuition fees. Since he's currently beginning his first semester, he still has two more to go, and each semester the costs would increase.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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