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Community: Caliaj
Grade: 10
Birthday: May 25, 2001
Favorite Subject: Home Economics because we chat and cook, and I like English classes, too.

Dream: I would like to be an English teacher–learning English is good in order to get a good job.

Biography: I dropped out of school because there wasn’t enough money to cover tuition. My father passed away in 2015 when he was killed while working as a bus driver. My dad’s death was really hard on me, and it has had a huge effect on my family’s finances because he was the primary wage earner in our family. We are all alone, and my mom can’t help us pay tuition. My family and I are fighting to get ahead. I have 8 siblings–4 sisters and 4 brothers. My mom and my older siblings paid my tuition until 9th grade, but they can’t continue to pay. My sisters were able to graduate because they borrowed money from a bank, and everyone in the family has been working to pay off the loans. I have been helping out my mom by weaving items to tell. It can take one month to make one item that sells for about $100. That money helps us buy some things we need and it helps buy some food. I also help my uncles carry firewood for about $2.50 / day, and I help cut peas for about $4 a day. My mom works in the fields all day, and she works on weaving at night. Even though so many of us in our family work, I would not be able to finish my schooling without a COED scholarship.

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Guatemala’s Western Highlands exhibit one of the most extreme combinations of systemic poverty, illiteracy, and inequality in the hemisphere. 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, and 1 in 3 cannot read or write.

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  • lack of financial resources
  • pressure to marry early
  • alcoholism or abuse in their homes
  • gang culture
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