They worked as shoe shiners to pay their school fees. They were able to graduate and acquire a profession

Overcoming stories are always worth sharing and applauding, it’s not every day you come across cases where someone manages to fulfill their dreams after a few obstacles. Mario and Carlos Daniel Cúmez, are young people from Chichicastenango, Guatemala, both are brothers and for a few years they worked as shoe shiners.

It is important to note that the educational situation in Latin America is not as promising as in other parts of the world. In 2016, a mother and her daughter saw this couple, Mario and Carlos, working as shoe shiners so they could use the money they earned to go to school. Finally, and as if they were lucky, the Universidad Panamericana awarded them a full prize. The Nursing Degree Scholarship and the American Institute of Guatemala (IGA) also offered them a scholarship so they could study English. In fact, Mario, the older brother got a job as a receptionist, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Education. Finally, after many years of hard work, the Kumez brothers finished their studies.

Six years later, they graduated as proud nurses, their relatives and the two women who spread them, mother and daughter Silvia and Olga Catalán, attended the graduation ceremony, which is quite an achievement for them, since they are the first. The members of the Cúmez family did not miss out on the opportunity that was presented to them, on the contrary, they made the most of it, so much so that they are currently the owners and administrators of Farmacias Cúmez, with two branches in Chichicastenango, Quiché. They are one more example that although everything seems impossible, dreams do come true with a lot of effort, work and responsibility.

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