Costa Rica News – Roberto Cantillo Salas, age 16, received a state subsidy scholarship since he was in first grade. He is now a tenth-year student in the San Luis Gonzaga School in Cartago. He saw the scholarship as an investment.
The Avancemos program of the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS) is responsible for the scholarship that he still receives. It is a monthly aid of ¢40,000 to cover student needs.
He has put it to good use. He became a great student and even better painter. At his young age, he already has a prominent career. Today he sells his paintings to provide for his family.
When he was eight he was invited to participate in Embrujarte, an art festival. Since then he has been selling his creations even abroad.
He is just 16 years old but has become the main provider of income for his home. His father is retired and his mother a homemaker. He sees selling his paintings as a way to thank his parents for all they have done for me.