“My name is Juan Carlos, and I am 19 years old. A few years ago, my life felt pretty meaningless, and I was caught in a life full of different vices. But in those most difficult moments, the Rayo de Sol team offered me a scholarship to start attending high school. I wasn’t too excited, but I decided to try it out. When I started to get more involved in the Rayo de Sol scholarship program, I became a lot more excited to continue my studies and create a different future for myself.
Three years ago, I also started participating in a training program through Rayo de Sol about carpentry. I’ve really enjoyed learning this trade, and me and the other guys from the training program decided to start a Rayo de Sol carpentry workshop. Now, we work and we study.
Thanks to these opportunities, I finished my high school degree in December of 2019, and I’m now starting to study in college. I’m also the leader of the carpentry workshop, and that allows me to earn some money to help my mom, since she’s a single mother. I plan to keep studying in order to be able to help my family more and become a professional.”