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Community: Caquixajay
Grade: 10
Birthday: September 25, 2002
Favorite Subject: Math, because I like to think and use logic.

Dream: I want to be a professional nurse in order to help people. I want people to be well.

Biography: I have a strong academic record, and I am very responsible with turning in my homework. I really hope to keep studying, but I’ve had little help from my parents, who are afraid that even if they invest in my education, I might still end up a single mother like my sister. I know I face many challenges, one of which is breaking this belief that exists in my family: that girls are only born to be mothers. I don’t work outside of the home, but mainly help around the house and study. My mother is a housewife, and in her free time, she weaves huipiles that she sells every two months for around $25. My father works growing corn, beans, fava beans, and peas on his own land. On occasion, he works alongside other people and is paid around $3.75 a day. My parents don’t think I should study because we are a family of limited resources. Also, my mother has been very sick, and she’s getting worse. We’re worried she won’t make it, because her sickness has affected her head and nerves. My older brothers don’t support the family because they don’t have the same responsibilities as my parents or my sisters. Without a scholarship from COED, I will have to find work as a domestic worker. My parents do want me to have a better future so that I don’t end up in their same situation. I dream about becoming a certified nurse so that I can help and serve the sick.

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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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