A loan of $3,000 helped to pay for a degree in engineering.

Diego Alberto's story

Diego, 24, was born in Potosi and now lives with his aunt in El Alto, which falls under the La Paz office.

Diego is single and is the youngest of three brothers. His parents split up several years ago and as he has never lived with his father so he gets no support from him. His mother is the only person who looks after the family. She lives in Potosi and works in a cake shop so that she can provide for the household. From time to time she sends him money.

Diego started working three years ago to contribute to the expenses at his aunt's house. To do this he had to give up studying at university. However, when he found out about the programme which made it possible to carry on with studies, he found the motivation to go back to university and take up his course again. To do this he had to choose a timetable which allows him to work and then study in the evening.

For Diego, it is very important to finish university and be an example to his younger cousins who he lives with. He can also help them financially. But above all, his dream is the same as his mother's: to see her three children working as professional people. Diego tells us that his dream is to be one of the best and to get a steady job.

He is grateful to the people who give financial help to young people and generate new opportunities for them to study.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Walker

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