In Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, stands an old ruinous house with chipped walls and a 26-year-old car parked outside. This is the home of the man who runs the country.
Jose Mujica, a 77-year-old man, is earning an international reputation as a pauper president who steadfastly refuses to accept any trappings of power.
In 2010, his annual personal wealth declaration — mandatory for officials in Uruguay — was $1,800 (£1,100), the value of his 1987 Volkswagen Beetle.
This year, he added half of his wife’s assets — land, tractors and a house — reaching $215,000 (£135,000).
That’s still only about two-thirds of Vice-President Danilo Astori’s declared wealth, and a third of the figure declared by Mujica’s predecessor as president, Tabare Vasquez.
He advocates a philosophy of life focused on sobriety: learn to live with what is necessary and fairest.