supporting education through Kiva loans


Aliia has two dreams for the future.

Her first dream is to become a sociologist and start a business providing medical and social aid to the under-served in Central Asia.

Her second dream is to create a non-profit that provides internships and scholarships for young people in Central Asia, so they can provide humanitarian aid and “make our future generations be kind to each other and help each other.”

Aliia is a 19-year-old from Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, and she understands that without a university degree her “goals will remain as dreams.” That’s why she’s requested a Kiva loan to complete her bachelor’s degree in sociology at AUCA. And that’s why a portion of this month’s Kiva donation is a loan to Aliia.

In fact, all of this month’s loans went to students, supporting education. (You can read more about this month’s loans on our Kiva page. My daughter is a senior in high school, so there’s lots of college talk happening right now in our house. It seems perfect to offer a little bit of help to other students all over the world, to support them so they can achieve their goals of “assisting others and trying to improve the quality of their life.” That’s something I think we can all celebrate!


Here’s something I learned about AUCA: it has a partnership with Bard College “to enhance the liberal arts components of AUCA’s teaching and curriculum, to develop joint research projects, and to offer educational exchanges for faculty, staff, and students from both institutions.” It’s the first university in the region to offer US accredited degrees in liberal arts programs through that partnership with Bard.

Don’t you think Aliia’s goals are inspiring? I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes!