Karen

Karen Y.

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More About Me

Community: Caquixajay
Grade: 10
Birthday: May 08, 2002
Favorite Subject: Math, because I like to work with numbers and solve numeric equations.

Dream: I would like to graduate as a teacher and help children and help them understand that education is valuable and that they can achieve everything they put their mind to

Biography: I went to school up until eighth grade, until I had to leave because I could not afford to continue. Now I work in my community church with children. I also weave traditional huipiles, which I sell for money. It takes around one month to weave a huipil, and I sell it for about $15. A part of that money I use for personal expenses, and the other part I use to help my parents. My father works as a general laborer in the community. He also works as a security guard at the house where we live – he doesn’t receive a salary, only the benefit of having a place to live. My mother weaves huipiles, and every three month she sells them for around $60. It takes a long time to weave fabric. I wasn’t able to continue studying because my parents couldn’t afford my school costs, especially since my older brothers are studying in high school. My father has thought about helping me study when my brother graduates, but says he probably won’t be able to. My parents hope that I continue studying because they see that life is hard without an education, and they don’t want this type of life for me. They want me to study so that I can have a better future. I have been a good student over the years and I would like to keep moving toward my goals and achieve my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher.

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