A loan helped to pay for her higher education at AUCA.

Alina's story

Alina is 18-year-old freshman in the International and Comparative Politics Program at AUCA. She came to study at AUCA from the south part of Kyrgyzstan. She didn’t choose to study ICP accidentally, but had made her mind up after some political issues in Kyrgyzstan.

The Kyrgyz Revolution of 2010, also known as the Second Kyrgyz Revolution, began in April, 2010, with the ousting of the Kyrgyz president in the capital Bishkek. It was followed by increased ethnic tension involving Kyrgyz people and Uzbeks in the south of the country, which escalated in June, 2010. The violence ultimately led to the consolidation of a new parliamentary system in Kyrgyzstan.

All of this brought many problems for the citizens of this country, and Alina wanted to find answers to her questions about why all this was happening in her Motherland.

Alina entered AUCA with a hope to become a big politician who could make a difference in her country in the future. She dreamed to study at AUCA, as it is accredited in Kyrgyzstan and in the USA, and it provides quality education in English, which opens good perspectives in her life.

Alina has a family of five, and she is the youngest child in her family. Her parents are retired and get a small pension from the state.

Thanks to the diligence of her elder sister, her sister studies in one of the universities of Moscow on a budgetary basis. Her elder brother is a sophomore at another local university. Alina’s student life caused additional expenses for her family as now her parents have to pay for two students’ tuition fees. They do gardening and raise cattle and sell them to earn extra money, but still the money is not enough to cover Alina’s tuition.

Since Alina and her brother study in the capital, they have to rent a flat and pay for utilities, food and transportation. They are always short of money.

Having applied to AUCA, Alina and her family were happy to find out about a Kiva loan, which is provided at an interest-free rate to the AUCA student and can be paid back after her graduation. Alina thanks all Kiva lenders for their support and notes that Kiva is an indispensable loan for her and others in Kyrgyzstan.

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