Katherine gutierrez abanto
University: Universidad del Pacífico
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Biography: I'm from Cajamarca, Peru. I grew up in a place where poverty was my nearest reality, but my parents always told me not to stop. I never thought I could do something big and meaningful until I received a scholarship for the first public boarding school to bring together 900 students from all over Peru when I was thirteen. I decided to leave my family, but I met amazing people there who taught me the value of multiculturalism. My life totally changed after that and I truly believe I can help others by serving my community and my nation now.
That is why I study Economics; I want to eradicate poverty by improving education. My passion for quality education has driven me to be selected over 6,000 young leaders to attend a program where I understood that a network of committed people can be such a powerful tool for development.