The 100 / #82: João Cenci

#82 Joao Cenci Shoemaker Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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About Joao

Tell us a little bit about yourself: 
I was born on 1930 in Veranópolis, an italian colony in the south of Brazil. At the age of 12, I had to leave home to learn the profession of a shoemaker. I met my wife, Geny, when I was 19, I was playing for a small soccer team and she used to watch our games. We got married three years later. In 1958, me, my wife and our two children, moved to Porto Alegre, the capital of our state. We didn’t know anyone there, but that was a chance for a better life. I learned how to be a locksmith and continued working as a shoemaker. We went through hard times, but we made it. We have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and a great life. I still work as a shoemaker and a locksmith, drink my glass of wine everyday and hanker for the moments when we can gather all the family.

What one thing are you most proud of in your 82 years so far?
Being married to Geny.

What one thing do you hope to do before you’re 100 years old?
Just keep living well and build my life with my grandchildren.

What do you feel is the most significant thing that has changed in the world during your lifetime?
The life has changed for the better, undoubtedly. We now have access to schools, hospitals and all other basic services. Some time ago, those who lived in the colony barely had the primary school.

What one piece of advice would you give your 10 year old self?
To study hard. Besides that, keep going in adversity and make the same mistakes all over again, cause, in the end, it was worth it.

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