Medellín (Colombia), Jul 2 (EFE) .- At the age of six he wanted to learn to play guitar but a teacher did not feel capable of teaching him. That episode did not destroy the dream of Alejandra Vásquez Zambrano, a Colombian music graduate who lost her vision at an early age and who calls for more inclusive policies.
Cello, piano and guitar are on the list of instruments that this 28-year-old girl masters with skill. At the Tolima Conservatory he overcame barriers to graduate in 2015 as a professional and then make a stopover at the Fundación Nacional Batuta.
“Since I was little I liked music and I feel that I was born with that capacity,” Alejandra told Efe.
In Ibagué (center), where she currently resides, she began working in a school as a teacher, but her contract ended and unemployment reaffirmed that opportunities for the blind population are scarce.
“Inclusion for people with disabilities is very complicated,” said the music graduate, who had a congenital glaucoma quickly “ending the low vision” with which she was born.
In addition to teachers “very reluctant to teach me,” such as the one she encountered in her childhood in the municipality of Líbano, in the department of Tolima, Alejandra has faced poorly paid jobs and little confidence from businessmen: “they believe that a disabled person it will perform less. “
ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ONE OUTPUT
While a door is opening in the educational or artistic and cultural sectors, the young woman put her passion on hold and decided to undertake, which is why she opened a stationery store that also provides postal and collection services a year ago.
In this business in the Ciudadela neighborhood, Simón Bolívar works with his mother and sister, with whom he has faced difficult cycles, the last one due to the covid-19 pandemic.