Hi my name is Elisa. I live and work in Boston MA. The reason for me trying to ask for financial help is simple. I want to end a burden my parents are currently facing because of me. I would say the only thing that hunts me every day is the fact that I am still not able to give back to my parents. Time goes by and I feel like I have tied hands. But, before I continue, I will tell you a little bit about myself and background. I was born and raised on the coasts of Ecuador. I grew up on an upper middle class family. My mother side grandmother was the first female doctor on her class to graduate and my father side grandparent built a very successful car-breaks business at the time. I never got to meet them cause they passed away before I was born. Either way, I grew up looking up to very successful people. Since I was little I dreamt of being successful like the people I was surrounded by, but most of all, I wanted to be successful to prove myself. You see, since I have memory my parents have always struggled financially. In spite opportunities they had for success, somehow my parents business never grew. This was something that frustrated me badly. We struggled everyday. We lived each day trying to make ends meet. Sometimes not having for basic things and having to ask money from family members. I grew up learning to behave as if nothing was happening within my household and pretending we were fine. My parents made sacrifices to help me get the best education possible, they sold stuff they had and didn’t get anything for themselves, never. My father always said that a great education was the only thing he could left me. So after I graduated high school, I moved to the US, and went to art school in Boston. I wanted to become a sculptor, and my mom pushed me to be what I wanted to be and to follow my wildest dreams. My parents did everything to send me here to live a better life. After a few years studying Art I realized I wanted to become an Architect to have better job opportunities. It has been hard to pursue my dreams and it has taken me a lot of time, money and effort. My parents are currently living in a very bad situation in Ecuador. They lent $12,000 to a family member for my tuition a few years ago and its becoming a huge problem now. They are both in their 60’s and can barely work sufficiently. I always try helping them as much as I can but my help is not enough. I feel desperate and guilty for their burden and their situation. My dad is having heart problems and it breaks my heart I can’t be there with him to help him. I owe everything to them but the problem is I struggle too; I have loans, credit debt and my day work pays me the minimum. Despite all they did for me, I am struggling financially and I feel I’m failing them. Last night, my father told me my family member is really angry and as a consequence most of the family is separating from my parents. They feel isolated. I need to help pay this debt now because I feel is my reasonability. This Christmas I am going back to Ecuador after 5 years of not being there for Christmas day with my family and parents and it will be a very sad one if I don’t get this money back. I need help. I have tried loans but my low income and credit score is not good enough. Please, I ask to help me help them. I know I am in the right career direction; it’s just taking me a long time to be able to help them and they don’t have much time. They don’t even know I am asking for help but I don’t know what else to do. I would be infinitely grateful if someone here on this website helps me out. It would be the best Christmas gift I could give to my parents and to myself. Thank you!