The woman — Starlie Becote of Rhode Island — was featured in an interview about poverty in the U.S. last December, and a businessman who read the story decided to help Becote, reports USA TODAY. He paid off her student loans and provided her another $5,000 for spending money; in total, the man spent $40,000 helping Becote and her family.
The man wishes to remain unknown to protect his privacy. Even his good actions took perseverance. Paying off the student loans required three attempts because his first two were routed through a Canadian bank and the Department of Education can’t accept foreign funds to pay off student debts. Still, the third time — in which the man sent the money to a relative who passed in on in U.S. dollars — worked and Becote’s debt is gone.
Becote plans to go on to graduate school to become a licensed social worker in the future. Being relieved of her existing student debt will help to make that dream come true.