A loan helped to pay for one year tuition fees and living expenses at the Maharishi Institute.

Phumla's story

Phumla is a Business Management Student at the Maharishi Institute and was asked the following questions by a staff member of the Institute: This is her story:1. What do you study at the Maharishi Institute? Which classes do you enjoy the most? I am studying a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. I am doing my fourth year. The class that I enjoy the most is Algebra because it is the most challenging and interesting at the same time.

2. What are your goals after graduating from the Maharishi Institute? Please be specific: in which sector do you expect to work? In which city would you like to work? Would you like to travel? After graduating I hope to work in the finance department, which is the field that I am interested in. I also want to open my own business so that I can support my family and improve other people’s lives.

3. Tell us about your background. Where were you born? Do you have brothers and sisters? What do your parents do for work? Are you married; do you have children? I am Phumla originally from the Eastern Cape, currently staying Carletonville in Johannesburg. I am 31 years old and the mother of two children. I am the third born from a family of eight. I am the bread winner at home, even though I study full time. I had to find better work in order to support my family, which is why I decided to further my education because I know that education will open doors for me.

4. What do you like to do in your spare time? During my leisure time I go to people’s homes where I volunteer my time into help them in whatever way they need assistance. I also read books and watch television.
5. How will Kiva loan change your life? Describe how the loan will affect your studies and your lifestyle: will there be significant changes? A Kiva loan will change my life in a positive way because I will be able to come to school without worrying and stressing about school fees. It will help in terms of transport money too. I will be able to come early, as I have been struggling to come to school on time. This loan will have a huge impact in my lifestyle as I will be able to be a better student in terms of academics.

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