2018 IP Scholarship Recipient Launches Business

Article contributed (in Spanish) by Elba Rodríguez.

 

“The scholarship was the momentum to get started.  I knew that I didn’t have enough funds, but that was the impetus to take the path toward what I wanted to do.”

 

In 2018, Brenda Bonilla received an IP scholarship in order to study cosmetology. She had always had that dream; she would do her daughter’s hair, giving her braids and buns. Her dreams included being a cosmetologist, psychologist, or nurse. In fact, Brenda had given a friend of hers (Esmeralda) the idea to apply for an IP scholarship. That’s how she started her own dream of learning cosmetology.

Her studies lasted eleven months, from January-November 2018. Her idea was that once she finished her studies, she would put everything into practice. Little by little, she would buy her supplies. Then, on April 22, 2019, she opened her own cosmetology business in the municipality of San Isidro, Cabañas.  

The salon is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm. She currently has many clients (mostly women). On a daily basis, she attends to 10-15 people. She has one employee and, in high season, she has two other people who work for her.

 

Her future goals are expanding her current salon, teaching cosmetology classes (she is already teaching two young women), and she wants to set up another business in the Guacotecti municipality.

She has two kids (Andrea and Leo), and her salon carries the name of her daughter: Andrea. Her cousin Emely designed the logo for the salon, which also has its own Facebook page (Andrea Sala de Belleza).

In reflecting upon how her scholarship has changed her life, she says, “The scholarship was the momentum to get started. I knew that I didn’t have enough funds, but that was the impetus to take the path toward what I wanted to do.”

 

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Reflections from a July Delegation

International Partners sent another two and a half week delegation of 13 delegates to a village called Alegría about 15 minutes out of Suchitoto in Cuscatlán. The goal of the delegation was to build a shaded community gathering area in front of the biblioteca (library), as pictured, as well as bathrooms connected to the back of the biblioteca, so there was also a significant amount of time spent on digging a 9 foot deep pit for the septic tank. The delegation was successful in finishing the work on the shaded gathering area after mixing countless loads of cement, and also finished the septic tank during our time there. While we did not finish the bathrooms, there was significant progress made there.

The community of Alegría could not have been more welcoming to the delegates, and the bonds that were made have withstood our absence because the delegates and community members are still in contact through WhatsApp. The children of the community also became attached to the delegates and each delegate cycled through working in the biblioteca in the afternoons to read them books and help them with their homework and also to play games. There were many beautiful experiences that were shared through our game nights, soccer games, talents show, visit to Lago Suchitlán, sunrise hike on the last morning, and countless others and it was a truly unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Emma O’Driscoll
2019 Delegate

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Wrapping up the 2019 Scholarship Spotlight Series

Thank you, dear readers, for following our Scholarship Spotlights during the past few months! We have enjoyed sharing student interviews and goals with you. Fundraising for the 2020 school year has already begun. If you are interested in contributing to our scholarship program, please send an email to our Scholarship Director, Missy Robbins-Passos, at mrobbins@internationalpartners.org. We have students in pre-school, primary school, secondary school, college, and vocational programs who need your help in order to continue their studies. Every dollar makes a big difference! Many thanks again!

Muchas gracias, queridos lectores, ¡por seguir nuestra serie de publicaciones (“Scholarship Spotlights”) durante los últimos meses! Hemos disfrutado compartiendo las entrevistas y metas de nuestros estudiantes con Uds. Ya hemos comenzado a recaudar fondos para el año escolar de 2020. Si le interesa contribuir a nuestro programa de becas de educación, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a nuestra Directora de Becas, Missy Robbins-Passos, a: mrobbins@internationalpartners.org. Tenemos estudiantes estudiando en programas preescolares, primarios, secundarios, universitarios y vocacionales que necesitan su ayuda para continuar sus estudios. ¡Cada dólar hace una gran diferencia! ¡Muchísimas gracias de nuevo!

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Scholarship Spotlight: Alexander (Hacienda Vieja)

Age: 16 years old

Goals for 2019:

  • Learn how to play guitar
  • Learn how to drive a car
  • Learn how to draw well
  • Finish and expand the Project “Friends of Greenie” [Note: This is the name that some scholarship students have given to their community service project.  Greenie refers to the name of an imaginary person they created, to symbolize their caring for the environment as if it were a person.]
  • Dance
  • Graduate

Edad: 16 años

Metas 2019:

  • Aprender a tocar guitarra
  • Aprender a manejar carro
  • Aprender a dibujar bien
  • Lograr terminar y expandir el proyecto “Amigos de Verdito”
  • Bailar
  • Graduarme
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Scholarship Spotlight: Luis (Hacienda Vieja)

Age: 11 years old

Goals for 2019:

  • Pass my grade level
  • Make new friends
  • Behave the best I can and, if I change, do it for the better

Edad: 11 años

Metas 2019:

  • Pasar de grado
  • Hacer nuevos amigos
  • Comportarme lo mejor que pueda y si cambio hacerlo para bien
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Scholarship Spotlight: Ivania (Hacienda Vieja)

Age: 20 years old

Goals for 2019:

  • Pass my classes
  • Be able to play a song on the guitar
  • Read books

Edad: 20 años

Metas 2019:

  • Pasar las materias
  • Poder tocar una canción con la guitarra
  • Leer libros
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Scholarship Spotlight: Yoselin (Alegría)

Age: 15 years old

Goals for 2019:

  • Finish my studies
  • Get good grades in math (8) and science (9)
  • Be responsible on my [weekly] day working in the library

Edad: 15 años

Metas 2019:

  • Terminar mis estudios
  • Sacar buenas calificaciones en matemática (8) y ciencias (9)
  • Ser responsable en mi día de compromiso en la biblioteca
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Scholarship Spotlight: Daniel (Palo Grande)

Age: 21 years old

Goals for 2019:

  • Learn how to drive, get my license
  • Speak English perfectly
  • Help other people
  • Travel to Spain
  • Work in a call center
  • Have a stable salary
  • Have a deeper understanding about how to cook
  • Go to the gym
  • Make people in my community aware of contamination
  • Give free English classes to people in my community
  • Learn more about dance because it’s something that I like and it makes me feel happy

Edad: 21 años

Metas 2019:

  • Aprender a conducir, sacar la licencia
  • Hablar inglés a la perfección
  • Ayudar a las demás personas
  • Viajar a España
  • Trabajar en un call center
  • Tener un sueldo estable
  • Aprender a cocinar, a más profundidad
  • Ir al gym
  • Concientizar a las personas de mi comunidad sobre la contaminación
  • Dar clases gratuitas de inglés a las personas de mi comunidad
  • Aprender más sobre el baile porque es algo que me gusta y me hace sentir feliz
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Scholarship Spotlight: Fátima (Palo Grande)

Age: 13 years old

Goals for 2019:

  • Learn how to drive a car
  • Learn how to speak English
  • Help other people
  • Learn more about computers

Edad: 13 años

Metas 2019:

  • Aprender a manejar carro
  • Aprender a hablar inglés
  • Ayudar a demás personas
  • Aprender más computación
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Scholarship Spotlight: Idania (Aceituno)

Age: 26 years old

Goals for 2019:

  1. Graduate in cosmetology
  2. To continuously be at the library
  3. See my daughter graduate from Kindergarten
  4. Know how to express myself well in front of the people who surround me
  5. One of my goals is to be a good mother in every way.
  6. Show what I have learned in cosmetology
  7. Have my own beauty salon

Edad: 26 años

Metas 2019:

  1. Graduarme de cosmetología
  2. Estar continuamente en la biblioteca
  3. Ver graduada a mi hija de kínder
  4. Saber expresarme bien frente a las personas que me rodean
  5. Una de mis metas es ser una buena madre en todo sentido.
  6. Mostrar lo aprendido en cosmetología
  7. Tener mi propio salón de belleza
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