The Story of Eduardo: The opportunity to show employers what people with disabilities are capable of

“I like when clients say ‘thank you’”

I am Eduardo. I’m 22 years old and I have Marfan syndrome, which is a sort of hyperelasticity. I live in Magdalena del Mar with my parents and my sister, and I want my family to be happy. I am a bit shy. In secondary school I studied English and IT. Now I wake up at 6:15 each day and go to work.

When I started my training, my father used to accompany me and wait until the end. After a few days, however, I was able to travel by myself. I never missed a class – not even when someone robbed me of my wallet and cell phone. The biggest problem for persons with disabilities is that they don’t have the opportunity to show what they are capable of. Employers tend to reject you as soon as they see you.

This is my first job. I like when clients say “thank you” and the fact that I can help them with their problems. For me, to have a stable job is a big opportunity. It changed my life, as I can now also help out financially at home. Thanks to the skills training that I received, I have become a better person. Going forward, I will be able to pay my studies to become a computer engineer.

Learn more about how Peru’s I’m Capable Model is improving access to vocational training and employment for persons with disabilities.