Valentin came second in his class, graduating as a book-keeper. He managed the market for the town hall, doubling the income from the market in six months. He has now been elected co-ordinator of the local small coffee farmers co-operative.
""Without the SLT scholars program I wouldn't be where I am now. When I needed a helping hand, SLT Scholars was there for me. To the Mayan people, education is very important. In the past we were overlooked by the ladinos and the wealthy. No longer am I overlooked.
Since I graduated, I've not been without work. People shouldn't leave San Lucas when they graduate. This is the place where I was born, and this is the place where I should stay and help."