‘I’ve never been happier’: ‘I’m a proud mother’
The story of an American mother and daughter whose journey from poverty to independence led them to find success in the tech world.
It all started when Jennifer and Alex was just two years old, in 2007.
Jennifer had just moved to Lubbock from the Dallas suburb of McKinney.
She had no money, so her parents helped her out by borrowing money from her grandmother.
“We were living on the streets,” she said.
“They gave me the car and the money to buy a car and I was like, ‘I’ll do it.’
I did it.”
The family began working at the Walmart mobile phone repair shop.
They started earning a living selling their phones, and were soon making $80 a week.
But then, in 2009, Jennifer was diagnosed with cancer.
She underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, then had her tumour removed.
She said the surgery was not easy.
“It was very painful,” she told the BBC.
“But it was worth it, and I had no idea at the time.”
When she was ready to move on, Jennifer and her husband Alex started their own company called Smart Phone Repair, which was a success.
The company has since expanded, and now has three locations across the United States.
It has been recognised as one of the best companies in the US.
Jennifer said she is grateful to her family and to her new company for providing her with the opportunity to work.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us,” she added.
“There’s a lot of people who supported us, who loved the idea of helping us out and we’re very grateful for all the help we got.”
You guys are the reason I’m here, and it’s just been an incredible ride.
“Alex said the company was a “natural extension of our family”.”
Alex and Jennifer, who live in Lubbocks, Texas, say they now have more than 1,000 customers.””
We didn’t even know how to call for help, or who to call.”
Alex and Jennifer, who live in Lubbocks, Texas, say they now have more than 1,000 customers.
“For the last two years, we’ve made the transition from the poverty-level life to being the best of the worst,” Jennifer said.
They say they have seen positive results from their business, as well as the people who have bought their phones.
“When we started, it was hard to sell phones because there wasn’t a lot to offer,” Alex said.
The story of a single mother and a young American woman who overcame a cancer diagnosis to become a successful tech entrepreneur is the story of how the world is changing for those who are working hard to get ahead.
It is a story of people getting ahead, of hard work being rewarded, and of women getting ahead who are inspiring others to be the best they can be.
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