Anidela joined FairMail in 2011 when she was 13 old. After retiring as a photographer, she applied for the position of FairMail Operational Manager in Peru and she has been working in this position ever since. Parallel to her commitment in FairMail, Anidela has never ceased to pursue her number 1 goal which was graduating from university. With a research thesis on the working conditions of the employees of a medium-size Peruvian agricultural company, on April 14, 2021, she graduated from the faculty of Administración de Empresas y Servicios (Business Administration) at the Universidad Privada “Leonardo da Vinci”. After 5 years and over 50 exams, her dream came true. We interviewed Anidela about her achievement and this is what she told us:
Anidela, why did you choose Business Administration?
At first, I was more interested in Accounting. In High School I was particularly good with numbers so I thought that Accounting would match my talent with numbers. Then I met an employee of the company where my father works, and she inspired me to pursue a career in Business Administration. I am very happy with my choice now because Business Administration has a more comprehensive curriculum that also includes human resources, occupational health and salary management, so I have more chances to find a job.
You have reached a major life goal; how do you feel about that?
I couldn’t be happier. The day of the presentation of my thesis I was very nervous, I hadn’t been able to sleep and eat properly for a week! Due to Covid restrictions, the presentation was online, and I decided to present my research from the FairMail office because the internet connection in my house is not always reliable and I didn’t want to take any risks. Fortunately, all went well! I am also particularly proud of the fact that, thanks to my proceeds from FairMail, I was able to finance my studies alone, without impacting the family budget. I’ve always been independent and that is a priceless feeling.
How does your family feel about you graduating?
They are very proud of me. I am the first in my family to graduate, which makes them very happy. I am very lucky because they have always supported my choice and I have always felt that they were on my side throughout these years.
What role did FairMail play in your education?
I always think that if it hadn’t been for FairMail I wouldn’t have enrolled at university, let alone graduate. When I was a photographer, I kept reminding myself that if I worked well and took good pictures, I would have more chances to sell them and I would earn more money to pay for my studies, and that’s what happened. My family couldn’t afford to cover the costs of my studies as my older sister was also studying at that time, so FairMail played an instrumental role in my education.
Any plans for the future?
Well…a lot! First of all, I plan to keep working as FairMail operational manager, it’s a job that I really like and that gives me financial stability, which is very important considering the times we’re living in. When things improve, I would like to look for a part-time job in Business Administration. My long-term goal is to set up my own chocolate candy business. This is something that I have been doing informally for many years now and I would like to turn it into a small side business.
Anidela’s achievement is FairMail’s achievement as she perfectly embodies our mission: promoting education as the driving force to social and economic empowerment so we couldn’t be happier to see her reach this milestone.
Congratulations, Anidela, you have made us all very happy and proud!