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I also grew up having an entrepreneurial father as a role model. I learned from him that every problem that you face always has a solution! Both my parents instilled in me a lot of optimism, care for others and always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. The first big dream I went after was to be a profesional soccer player, and I was able to play professionally for around three years old until I was 19.

At that point, I had to decide whether to keep chasing a soccer career or study business in college. Although I enjoyed playing soccer, I realized I had a bigger passion for business, and entrepreneurship. My soccer years taught me a lot about discipline, teamwork, perseverance and stamina (sometimes you don't win games by being the most talented but being able to keep running more than the rest). Great qualities to have when you're an entrepreneur!

When we started to meet with Juan in our entrepreneurial group, we began to dream bigger. We wanted to share with the world the amazing superfoods Ecuador has to offer and create a lot of impact on the local economy. Both of us share the same core values that we apply in Waku every day: Dream big and always move forward!