Having been forced to leave school at 17, Ricardo still dreams of going to university one day and even dreams of a trip to Paris to fulfil his ambition to become a tourist manager.
I think it could definitely happen still. Im saving everything I earn here which is $100 a week if Im lucky. I just need the plane ticket!
Ricardo, however, started work at the premature age of 13 in the fields of Pichincha where he laboured for eight hours a day and for just $3. He combined work with his homework, It was very hard, I had little time to do my studies but it sufficed and I could do enough to pass tests.
Even though it was such a small amount of money, even for Ecuadorian standards, the money was shared and distributed amongst his family to buy food and bare essentials such as clothes.
He now has to return to the fields this May to work in the fields but is not too upset about leaving the market, I am going to go back to work there for a month, as this is the time of year for the crops to start reaping. But its fine for me to go back. Its good to work, in different things and help dad. Its good work here too and I have a lot of fun in what I do. Its true I have had to work hard, but compared to what a lot of people do, its great