Gloria is from the village of Monte Mercedes in the department of Solola. She is fourteen years old and is the daughter of Teresa and Sabino, both of whom are illiterate. Her mother is a domestic worker and her father is a farmer. Gloria is the youngest of six children. The family is humble and hardworking. Her three sisters work in the fields to provide support for the family’s expenses while her brothers have traveled to the capital in search of better work opportunities. Gloria Maribel is a good student who is respectful and responsible. She dreams of becoming a teacher to help the children of her community. She is now studying in the National Institute of Basic Education Abraham Lincoln. This year she is in eighth grade. After attending classes in the morning, Gloria works in the fields planting and harvesting onions and carrots in order to be able to study. She counts on the moral support of all her family.
Viviana is from the village of San Antonio Polopó and is the daughter of Vicente, a day laborer, and Juana, who is a housewife. Viviana is the eldest of six children. She counts on the moral support of her family; however, the lack of economic resources impedes her ability to continue studying. She is a very good student with good grades and is responsible. She also has a good personality. Her dream is to be a good teacher to help her family and her community.
LUZ EMILIA VIRGINIA
Luz is from the hamlet of Vasconcelos in the district of Xajaxac, Sololá. She is nineteen years old. Four years ago her mother passed away, leaving Luz, her older brother and two younger siblings as orphans. The house where Luz lives lacked electricity and drinking water. Six months ago, Luz and her younger brother Victor decided to go live in Sololá with their mother’s Aunt Juana, who is seventy-seven. Because of the lack of economic resources and also because of having to take care of her siblings, Luz had decided not to continue learning. However, with her enthusiasm and desire to overcome, she has returned to her studies. She is a young lady with a good personality who is respectful, friendly and responsible. Her dream is to be a good doctor so that she can help others.
José is from the village of Monte Mercedes, Sololá. He is the son of José, a street shoe vendor and Floridalma, who is employed as a domestic worker. Jose is the second child of the family. He has an older sister Yenifer, who is eighteen, and a younger sister Elizabeth, who is eleven. José’s family does not have a house of their own due to scarce economic resources; however, this is not a limitation for José, who seeks to follow his dreams. José has many strengths, including his perseverance, his personality, his responsibility and his desire to overcome his obstacles. His favorite subject is math, and he likes to spend his time helping his family or drawing. His dream is to be an architect to help his family and the community.
Dolores is from the village of Santiago Atitlán. Her mother Maria is a craftswoman. Her father Juan is illiterate and is a street vendor. Dolores is the oldest of three children. She has a sister Mayra, nine years of age and a brother Juan who is six. She is a great student with good grades who counts on the moral support of her family. Her big dream is to be a tourist guide. With her dedication and good personality she will be able to succeed in all that she undertakes.
Carlos is the son of Domingo and Cecilia, both of whom are illiterate. Domingo is a farmer and Cecilia is a housewife. Both are from the hamlet of Peña Blanca, Sololá. Carlos comes from a large family and is the second to last child in a family of six sisters and three brothers, who have only been able to complete primary education, at most up through sixth grade, due to the lack of economic resources. In spite of that lack, Carlos dreams of graduating so that he can help his family and the community. Carlos has many strengths: his personality, his enthusiasm and his self-confidence that will help him achieve all that he attempts.
BEVERLY ANGELES VIVIANA
Beverly is twelve years old and is from the town of Panajachel, Sololá. She is the daughter of Nora Marivel, who is illiterate and a single mother. Beverly has one younger sister Madelin, who is seven years old. Beverly’s family does not have their own house. The mother is employed as a domestic worker and does crafts to help defray her expenses as well as to pay for the weekly rental of their dwelling. Beverly is a good student and has a good personality. She dreams of getting a law degree, with the moral support of her mother who helps her unconditionally. With her good attitude, she will be able to succeed in achieving her dreams.
Alvaro is twelve years old and is from the hamlet of Peña Blanca, Sololá. He is the son of Martina, who is a housewife and Pedro, who is a farmer. Both are illiterate. Alvaro is the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. He is a young man with a nice personality. His favorite subjects are artistic expression and math. His big dream is to be an architect, however, because of the instability of the work situation for his parents, they are not able to manage the costs of their son’s education. Despite few resources, Alvaro has demonstrated his desire to overcome his obstacles and to continue studying by maintaining a high average.
Andrea is from Buena Vista and is enrolled in the eighth grade in the neighboring community of Monte Mercedes. She is the oldest of four children in her family. Her father is a day-laborer, and her mother cares for the home.
Due to a lack of recourses, Andrea was not able to enroll in school at the beginning of the year despite the fact that she showed great academic potential. However, in March, Forjando Mi Mañana (FORMA – Guatemala) became aware of her situation and offered her a scholarship. She began her studies in Middle School at that time. Her goal is to become a teacher; she shows great dedication and perseverance. This continued support, she will one day reach her goal.
Eimy comes from the Hamlet of Canoas Altas in the municipality of San Andres Semetabaj, Sololá where she is enrolled in eighth grade. She lives with her parents, Dona Vilma and Don Eduardo along with two younger brothers, Andy and Jose. Eimy’s mother sells snacks on the public beach in Panajachel during weekends; she struggles to provide education, health care, food and clothing for her children since that is the only income the family has.
Eimy is an earnest student; her grades are very good. She has an amiable personality and the desire to excel despite the obstacles present in her life. To attend school, Eimy has a daily commute that includes a long walk to catch a crowded mini bus for several miles of travel to the Education Center. Nevertheless, she is determined to succeed since she has a clear goal for her life. Her big dream is to become a doctor in order to be able to help others as well as her family. With her dedication, strength and perseverance, she will succeed in achieving her dreams.
Edgar, who is in ninth grade this year, comes from the community of Peña Blanca, Solola. He is an enthusiastic young person and has a lot of potential. He is a good student – his favorite subjects are math and drawing – and counts on the moral support of his family. Edgar lives with his mother, a housewife, and with his father, a day laborer and farmer. Edgar has six sisters and two other brothers. Because Edgar’s parents earn little, there is not enough income to pay all of their expenses. Edgar, therefore, is obligated to work in the Capital (Guatemala city) in order to help his parents. Nevertheless, with a great desire to overcome these challenges and continue his studies, he searches for an opportunity to achieve his dreams. With the potential, interest and will power that he has, Edgar will be able to realize his dreams and goals in life.
Sergio is from Tzancorral, a rural area of the municipality of San Antonio Polopo, Solola. This year he is enrolled in ninth grade. He lives with his maternal grandparents, who are both of advanced age, as well as his aunts and uncles. His mother died eleven years ago and his father abandoned the family when Sergio was little. Sergio also has a sister, who is likewise the responsibility of their grandparents, aunts and uncles. Sergio is an enthusiastic youth with a lot of energy and the will to overcome. His favorite subject is math. He has two possible goals in life: one is to be an expert accountant and the other is to be a computer technician. By achieving either of these goals, he would be able to help his grandparents and the community. He believes that with his charisma and his dedication to the fulfillment of his obligations, he will be able to be successful in his efforts.
Yoselin is from the area of San Andres Semetabaj, Solola. In 2019, she is enrolled in the ninth grade. She lives with her mother, who does domestic work and sells snacks and fruit to schoolchildren in her community. Her father is a day laborer. Yoselin is the oldest of three daughters. Her sisters are Rubi, age 10, and Marta, age 3. She is an enthusiastic young person and a good student with much potential, who counts on the moral support of her family. Her greatest challenge is not having sufficient economic resources; however, she has an enormous desire to overcome that challenge and to help her family live in better conditions. She has two possible goals: one is to be a teacher in order to educate the boys and girls of her community; the other is to be a doctor who can help to heal the sick. She thinks that, with the help of her family and her enthusiasm, she will be able to be successful.
Rodolfo comes from the municipality of San Antonio Polopo, a beautiful town near Panajachel, where the townspeople are dedicated to farming and making handcrafts. Many of the children and adolescents begin their work doing those things as well; as a result, statistics show that many lag behind in their education. Rodolfo, who is in the ninth grade, lives with his parents. His mother does domestic work and also makes bracelets. His father is a construction helper. Rodolfo has two brothers, sixteen-year-old Edgar and nine-year-old Fredy. Rodolfo is of Mayan (Kaqchikel) ethnicity. His favorite subject is math in which he does well. Rodolfo is determined to graduate from a university with a degree so that he may help his family and the community. He believes that with his effort, dedication, and perseverance he will be able to achieve each of his dreams.
Lidia is from Monte Mercedes, Sololá and is the third of seven children in the home. Her father is a farm worker and her mother is a domestic worker. Neither got the chance to learn to read or write. During the school vacation months of November and December, Lidia works making tortillas by hand in a tortilleria to help the family economically. This year, she is in the eighth grade and is enthusiastic to continue her studies. Her favorite subject is math and she hopes to be a teacher upon graduation.
Daniel is from Panajachel. He is an enthusiastic student who will complete eighth grade this year. His mother is a domestic worker. His father is a day laborer. Daniel is the younger of two brothers. His plan is to dedicate himself to his studies and graduate a professional in a field to be chosen later.
Angela is from Santa Catarina Palopo and is the youngest of six children. Her father is a farmworker and her mother is a weaver of indigenous textiles. Neither of her parents are able to read or write. Angela is an enthusiastic student with goals and purpose for her future. She will complete the eighth grade this year.
Ana is from Santa Catarina Palopo. Her father is a fruit vendor and her mother is a domestic worker. Both parents are from Santa Catarina and never learned to read and write. Ana is the sixth of eight children. She started school at 10 years of age instead of 6 because resources were scarce in her family. She is now in the eighth grade. With her good study habits, she is doing quite well. She likes math, and her goal is to graduate as an accountant. Ana Isabel is very intelligent, respectful and has a fun personality. She hopes to be able to help her family economically.
Sofia is from Chicacao Suchitepequez and is the fifth of seven children. Ten years ago, her parents decided to move to Panajachel for better opportunities in employment and education. Her father cleans river sand for construction; her mother is a domestic worker. They rent a house in Panajachel. This year, Sofia will complete the ninth grade. Her favorite subject is natural sciences and her goal is to be a doctor.