Junior Lopez is 17 years old, he lives in the town of Montecristi Pile in the province of Manabi, is the third of five brothers, comes from a family of weavers in straw hats and their profession is that, developing the famous Panama Hat.
Junior’s story begins with the dreams and illusions of all children to grow up and be somebody in life, he longed to be an engineer, but as pointed out in his own words, “from time to time all dreams were dashed” .
Was 7 years old when it happened, and somewhat saddened eyes said, “One day we went walking with my dad and a car hit us, I ran over and broke my hip and leg,” since life This young man took an unexpected turn, due to the accident some of his organs were compromised, and in critical condition and little hope of recovery, Junior had to endure the hard pounding that life had given him and start a battle against death.
Connected to devices and after a hard struggle to survive, Junior clung to life, even though he knew it would not be
With this background it seems that everything is collapsing, but then this guy who was 10, not give up, despite his disability decided to stand and learned through the teaching of their parents and siblings to weave straw hats.as before, after his recovery in the aftermath were the use of a urinary catheter for life, and loss from his hip and one leg.
With the help of their parents makes the process of preparing the straw shawl, and then he takes care of the fabric, working from 6 to 10 weeks from 3 to 5 hours daily, and supported a crutch; Junior achieves the finished product dedication .
With some effort and dedication, Junior already has 7 years of his life, dedicated to this office, are about 5 hats that weaves a year, and what he says, they spend all the love and patience in the world as it is with that helps to meet their expenses such as medicines and also for their studies.
Despite his disability has not declined in the desire to succeed, it is so I got his bachelor’s degree, and hopes to go to college to achieve the profession that has always longed for.
Junior with this story gives us an example to follow in order to overcome persistent despite the obstacles we encounter along the way.