Juán

Juán

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More About Me

Community: Caliaj
Grade: 7
Birthday: January 07, 2006
Favorite Subject: Kaqchikel, because I like my native langauge

Dream: Agronomy: I like the nature of planting.

Biography: I work outside of the house to support my mother and I take advantage of every job I find, like shucking corn or removing dirt from the mountainsides. I also go to school in the afternoon and work with a neighbor to pick avocados. I earn around $2 for half a day’s work, and I use this money to help pay for household expenses because I want to support my mother in maintaining the family. My father worked as a bus driver on the route from Quiche to Guatemala City, but three years ago he was killed inside the bus where he had been sleeping. My mother weaves fabric to earn money, and she also works in the fields by day. My mother doesn’t want me out working under the sun and doesn’t want me to suffer like she has. I am very smart and active in class, and I demonstrate leadership in my group classes and show strong academic performance. My dream is to be an agriculturalist because I love nature. My favorite subject is Kaqchikel, because it’s my native language. If I don’t get the scholarship, I will have to go find work and I will only be able to finish sixth grade. I hope to have a better future and to share this future with my mother and nine siblings.

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