Victor Romo

From: Valparaíso, Chile  Current City: Willmar, MN
"It was a long journey to get here. Many times I thought ‘That’s enough. I don’t want more.’ But if I came this far, maybe I can go a little farther. You set your own limits, nobody else does."
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Victor Romo has made many sacrifices in his life. Through incredible perseverance and determination, he has overcome these obstacles to provide a good life for his family.

Mr. Romo was born in the coastal city of Valparaíso, Chile. His father was a member of the Chilean navy, and Victor spent most of his early childhood living on the naval base in the city. When he was ten years old, Mr. Romo’s father left, and his mother had to provide for the family. To help earn money, Victor began working at age 11. At 16, he dropped out of high school to work fulltime.

When his family had more financial stability, Mr. Romo began exploring his career options and looked north to the U.S. He was unable to obtain a visa so Victor decided to enter the country without documents. He crossed the border and moved to Los Angeles. For nine months, he was homeless and scraped by to survive. He was given contact information of a Chilean family living in South Dakota, and they offered to help. Victor learned how to operate heavy machinery and was eventually offered a job in Minnesota.

After years of working for other people, Mr. Romo fulfilled his dream of being his own boss and started a business—Short Circuit Electronics. After a three-year process, he received his legal residency and currently lives in Willmar, Minnesota with his wife and son.

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