Maria Elena Morales is 15 years old and lives in the village of Tilimuqui, where she has lived all her life. She is one of ten children in her family and the first to attend the new secondary school in Tilimuqui which has been funded through the Fairtrade premium.
For Maria Elena the biggest advantage of attending the new school is that when she finishes her secondary education she will have more job opportunities. After finishing Colegio Nacional Agrotecnico, Maria Elena would like to study veterinary medicine.
Maria Elena's parents are very pleased with the new school. The fact that it is in the village close by is a major advantage, as is the fact that it gives children a technical training alongside their academic qualifications, allowing them to work straight after leaving school.
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