A loan of $5,025 helped to pay for technical studies in Industrial Management.

Yelsin Joel's story

Yelsin lives in Lima with his mother and sister; his father died when he was just a baby. His mother took charge of his growth and care since almost the day of his birth. His mother, a merchant, is from Cerro de Pasco, a province in the mountains. She came to the capital city looking for a way to get ahead and she takes care of her family with what little income her grocery store generates. She doesn't have enough money to continue paying for her son's schooling, which means Yelsin will have to abandon his studies and begin working if he doesn't have support from the Kiva lenders.

Yelsin wants to finish school and become a professional. He wants to gain experience and eventually run his own business so that he can help out his mother and sister. He knows that this dream will only be possible if he can finish his degree, which is why he is very grateful to the Kiva lenders for their support in achieving his goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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