My name is Alejandra Guadalupe Santos López. I was born on August 27, 2021 in a town called San Antonio Aguas Calientes, in a small house with my parents and maternal grandparents. Since I can remember, my life has not been easy at all, since my father has suffered from alcoholism problems since I was a child, and that has greatly affected my family.
My brothers and I had to work hard with my mother to get ahead. My mother cleans an office but the money she earns is not enough, so she and I make and sell güipiles, which are a part of the indigenous clothing. Making these is not an easy job since they must be woven on a waist loom, kneeling or sitting for several hours or even days until the güipil is finished. I also help my grandmother sell tortillas. We make the tortillas by hand on a clay comal [plate-like griddle] with corn flour that is cooked and ground every day.
So, with the production of these textiles and the sale of tortillas, we helped each other in my family to get ahead.
To arrive at the point where I am currently in college has not been easy, since there were days when my parents did not have money to buy my materials, but I wanted to continue studying because I like to study and I am a good student. I thought that, because of our financial situation, I was not going to reach one of my dreams, which is to study at university, but thank God I met GSSG three years ago. And seriously, the support they give me is a great blessing to me and my family.
Finally, I can say that I am making the most of this scholarship opportunity that GSSG offers me, because I look around me and I see that there are many people who would like to have a scholarship and do not have it. I am trying hard every day to be able to learn new things. Currently I am studying a degree in educational pedagogy and administration, since I am a teacher of early childhood education and I really like teaching. When I obtain my degree I hope to find a job that is in the field of education, and thus contribute to the quality education of my community and my country.