Brenda has lived with her uncle’s since she was two years old when her parents separated, and it was her uncle that helped her with her education. They helped her with enough to cover her basic needs, but now that they have their own family to care for, they are unable to continue to financially assist Brenda. Brenda is a single mother with a six-month-old baby but refuses to let that keep her from studying. With the help of the Sustainable Bolivia scholarship, she is able to continue her studies and achieve her dream of a higher education.
Justina Portillo Lazcano
One of twelve brothers and sisters, Justina was born in Potosi and moved to Cochabamba at the age of two. Justina considers her mother to be her superhero, as she worked hard to support her as well as her six siblings that still live in the house, all throughout their schooling. Since the age of nine Justina has had small jobs to help support her family. Justina has started an accounting degree, but due to economic difficulties she almost had to leave her studies. With the help of her scholarship from Sustainable Bolivia, Justina is now the first in her family with the opportunity to complete a university education. She is incredibly grateful of the opportunity to become a professional so she can better support her family.
Karina Jhosselyn Cayo Copatiti
Karina is currently completing her first year of a secretarial course with the help of Sustainable Bolivia. Her family has suffered financial difficulties with her father working as a carpenter for a very small wage, and her mother unable to work due to medical problems. Karina has been working to help cover costs in the home, but they were still unable to pay for her studies. Two years ago, Karina’s family built a house, however it collapsed, leaving them without a home. Eversince they have been living in two rented rooms that are incomplete; they are missing walls and have no doors. By receiving the scholarship from Sustainable Bolivia, Karina is able to continue her studies with the hopes of bettering the future for her family.
Bernardino Chucutea was born in 1991 in Chapare-Chimore, the tropical province of Cochabamba. As a child Bernardino and his family moved to the town of Tiquipaya, located apprximately 25km from the city Cochabamba. After relocating, Bernardino began his studies at the ‘Elizardo Pérez School’ where he also began attending the centro ‘La Colonia’ where he received additional educational support. In 2009 Bernardino graduated as one of the best students from ‘Republica de Venezuela High School’. Upon graduation Bernardino applied for a scholarship from Sustainable Bolivia to continue his studies and, based on his academic achievement and commitment, he was chosen as one of the recipients. He is currently studying Architecture at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon and is on track to finish in 2014, thus achieving his professional dream. Click here to see an SB video featuring Bernadino.
Sandra was born in Cochabamba on December 6th, 1998. She moved in with her grandmother as a baby, staying there until she was 8 years old. Sandra’s grandmother taught her to read and write while Sandra helped with household chores. As a child she enrolled in elementary school and would occasionally visit her mother and siblings. At the age of 8 her grandmother could no longer take care of her and she was taken to the “Defensoría de la Niñez.” Sandra then moved to the orphanage “Madre de Dios,” where she would live before eventually ending up with Mosoj Yan. She has spent the last years learning to make pastries, cook and sew. She is extremely determined to learn new skills and make a better life for herself. Sandra is one of SB’s scholarship recipients, studying tailoring and fashion design in the Technical School Don Bosco.
Wilma was born on May 1st, 1997. As a young child, Wilma and her family worked by selling food in the streets of Cochabamba. While selling items downtown, Wilma met a Sister from Mosoj Yan who helped enroll her in morning classes so she could go to school and still work evenings to help support her family. Wilma’s mom struggled with illnesses throughout Wilma’s childhood and passed away while she was at primary school. Workers at Mosoj Yan learned of her situation and invited her to live at one of their centers. Despite her misfortunes Wilma is an extremely pleasant and positive young women. She is currently using her scholarship to study tailoring and fashion design in the Technical School Don Bosco.
Damiani Iris Hinojosa Villca
Damiani was born in La Paz on November 16, 1989. In 2003 she was forced to leave her family in La Paz and moved to the center ‘La Colonia’ in Cochabamba. At ‘La Colonia’ she received a place to stay as well as emotional and educational support while continuing her studies. In 2007, after attending several secondary schools, Damiani graduated from Santa ‘María Mazzarello High School’. In 2008 she entered a program through the Ministry of Labor which allowed her to study Technical Logistics and Marketing. After finishing in 2009, Damiani decided to return to ‘La Colonia’ and apply for a scholarship from Sustainable Bolivia. After being chosen as a scholarship recipient Damiani started her bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting at the ‘Universidad Mayor de San Simon’ in 2010.
Benita Tola Flores
Benita began working full-time at the age of 10 to help support her family. Although she worked from 4:00-7:00 in the morning and 5:00 to 9:00, she continued to attend school and succeed in her studies. Her schedule was so hectic there were times when she contemplated quitting to school to concentrate on work but she persevered throughout high school. One day the director of one of SB’s partner organizations, Educar Es Fiesta, gave a presentation at her school and inspired her to pursue one of her dreams in performance art. She is currently acting in a show called Viajeros by recently graduated from high school. With the support of a scholarship from Sustainable Bolivia, Benita is studying Culinary Arts with an interest in working with Bolivian youth on nutrition issues.
Antonella Illanes Quispe
Since 2008, Antonella has participated in the activities of PAI Tarpuy, a center located outside of Cochabamba that provides support services to children and adolescents who are living and/or working on the streets. Despite a difficult home life, Antonella stayed focus during school and maintained excellent grades. Because of her passion to help other disadvantaged youth, Antonella has decided to pursue a studies in Social Work at the Institute Fundacion Cristo Vive. She has a heart of gold and tenacity to succeed.
Below is a list of SB scholarship recipients who have successfully graduated from their respective programs:
Lidia Ines Kantuta Bolivar
Lidia Ines Kantuta Bolivar was born in 1988 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Lidia worked for the duration of her high school studies to help support her 2 younger brothers and mother. In 2007, she graduated from the ‘Edmundo Bojanowski High School’ and was accepted to the Universidad Mayor de San Simon but unofrntuately could not afford to study. When her situation was discovered by our lawyer, Kimi Jackson, she was offered a scholarship to continue her studies. Lidia was enrolled in the ‘Universidad de Aquino Bolivia’ is now in her fifth and final year of nursing school. Lidia has excelled in all of her classes and is currently on pace to graduate on time. In addition to paying her tuition, Sustainable Bolivia also supports Lidia providing a stipend for her transportation, photocopies for school and a basic food needs for her family. Her success helped inspire the expansion of SB’s Scholarship Program. Click here to see an SB video featuring Lidia.
María Elena Chureño Molle
María Elena Chureño Molle was born on June 6, 1993. She studied in the Atiy Holanda School through her first year of high school. Due to various reasons she had to drop out of school and support herself. She began receiving support from the center, Mosoj Yan and was offered a scholarship to study through Sustainable Bolivia. At the beginning of 2010 she began to study Cosmetology and Hairdressing at Escuela Técnica Salesiana while also doing an apprenticeship at the Mundo de Belleza Salon. She complete her degree in December of 2010 and is currently supporting herself as a cosmetologist.
Gabriela Villarroel was born on October 24, 1990. Out of financial necessity, Gabriela entered the workforce shortly after graduating from the 8th grade. Life was difficult for Gabriela for many years before she began receiving support from the NGO, Mosoj Yan. With the support of Mosoj Yan and a scholarship offered by Sustainable Bolivia, she studied confectionery at the Instituto Salesiano where she specialized in dough. Gabriela graduated with a degree in confectionery at the end of 2010, at the same time, she will also graduated from Mosoj Yan.
Alejandra Carrión Mejía
Alejandra Carrión Mejía is 19 years old and was born on April 20, 1993 in Oruro, Bolivia. She began school at Wilge Rodríguez School before switching schools to attend the ‘Nacional 6 de Agosto School’. Alejandra faced many hardships both economic and personal before receiving support from the center for adolescent girls, Mosoj Yan. Through Mosoj Yan, and a scholarship provided by Sustainable Bolivia, Alejandra studied Cosmetology and Hairdressing at the Escuela Técnica Salesiana. To compliment her studies, Alejandra works at the Unisex Salon. Alejandra graduated in December of 2010.
Paola Natalia Laime Saavedra
Paola Natalia Laime Saavedra was born November 23rd 1992. She studied until the 8th grade when she dropped out of school to live and work on her own. She was in a very difficult financial and personal situation until she became affiliated with Mosoj Yan. At Mosoj Yan she has been able to live a stable life and with the help of a scholarship she receives from Sustainable Bolivia she has begun studying hairdressing. To compliment her studies, she is also doing an apprenticeship at the Gomina Salon, where she can perfect her technique. In December of 2010, she graduated from her technical institute as well as from Mosoj Yan.
Yovana Cari Colque
Yovana was born in Cochabamba on June 19, 1989. Due to an unsafe family environment, Yovana moved to ‘Mosoj Yan’; a shelter that provides emotional and psychological support for young girls. With the help of ‘Mosoj Yan’, Yovana was able to focus on her studies and graduate from high school. Yavona has always been interested in helping those in need which was one of the main reasons she decided to pursue a career in nursing. She is currently in her second semester of nursing school at the Professional Institute San Ignacio and extremely motivated and excited about her future studies. When she’s not working or studying, Yovana spends her time socializing with the other young women at ‘Mosoj Yan’. With the support of SB’s scholarship, Yovana has been able to leave her job and focus on her studies full time.
Julia Molina Pedrazas
Julia suffered from an extremely difficult childhood and faced many hardships for most of her early life. In an effort to improve her living situation she proactively moved in to the ‘Mosoj Yan’ shelter for adolescent girls. She has successfully integrated herself into the center and is now pursuing a study program focused on textile sewing. Julia hopes to learn how to make clothes for herself and her baby, while also making enough money to support her family. She is a resilient young woman with a positive attitude and bright future. Click here to see an SB video featuring Julia.
Jacqueline endured many hardships as a young child but through it all she has persevered and maintained an extremely positive attitude. Due to an unsafe home environment she moved into the Mosoj Yan shelter and has been living there for the past year. With the help of scholarship offered by Sustainable Bolivia, Jacqueline is currently studying professional textile sewing. She is hopeful this career choice will provide enough income to support herself financially in the future. Jacqueline is driven to succeed and very confident her in her abilities. Click here to see an SB video featuring Jacqueline.
Matilde was born on November 9th, 1987 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She has a young daughter who currently attends elementary school. Matilda received a scholarship from Sustainable Bolivia, and, in 2012, finished her studies in fashion design. Matilde continues to live and work with Mosoj Yan as an educator and night supervisor and the center is extremely grateful for her contributions. Matilda is a very warm person, determined to make a better life for herself and her daughter.