When she finished high school, Maria wanted to attend a university; however, she did not have the financial means to afford it. Her first job was a grocery store clerk where her base salary started at $65 per month. A year after she graduated, Palo Solo donors funded her college education. She graduated from University Polytechnic of Nicaragua; a public school that requires private tuition for a bachelors degree in Marketing.
She has professed an interest in studying chemical then industrial engineering; however, there are no jobs in the area. She ultimately studied business administration and graduated with high marks in 2004, which would allow her to find an occupation. Her first job was in real estate development as an Executive Assistant/Office Manager for $200 per month. Four years later her job pay increased to $400 per month. She is currently unemployed and taking care of her grandmother and seeking employment in Nicaragua.
He received a scholarship from Palo Solo donors, which enabled him to graduate from National University of Agriculture with a bachelor’s degree. It took him 6 years to work full time, and successfully graduated in 2001.When he graduated he could not find a job in agriculture for 6 months, being difficult for him to network.
Eventually, through a connection he was hired to work for a Nicaraguan pharmaceutical company, RARPE, where initially as a Lead Generator for the Sales Representatives and had a base salary of $200 per month.
That steadily grew with promotions. He is now a Sales Representative to pharmacies and makes between $750-1000 per month. With the money he earned, he paid for his youngest sister to attend a University, where now she will graduate in 2010 in Nursing.
Reynaldo is married, has two kids of 3 months and 5 years old, and is able to afford a house and car. He plans on obtaining a masters degree paid with his salary while studying weekends. It is a four year program that, once finished, will allow him to sell to doctors that write prescriptions, and earn a higher salary. Through Reynaldo’s hard work, he is committed to help his children obtain an education.
Reynaldo is a great example of someone with a strong work ethic and great values. With a donation, he was able to afford a university degree and break the cycle of poverty for his family and generations that follow.