“I was brought up in a poor environment in Kenya. My dad passed away when I was seven so I barely got to know him. And even while I was growing up, I hardly saw him because he was always in the hospital due to a heart problem. He was constantly being admitted to the hospital and getting out. So my mom raised us all by herself. I’m the youngest in a family of seven—four boys, three girls. I watched as our mom struggled to provide and send us to school. I was lucky because I got hand-me-downs from my siblings, being the youngest. Back then I wanted to be a nurse or a doctor to help our family. But I learned that you need money to study medicine. So I pursued finance instead and became a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). I got a job at a bank but I wasn’t very satisfied my life. It was then when I found out about a multilevel marketing company that produced supplements. My mom was diabetic and the supplements helped extend her life. I also joined the company and now I’m helping others build their own business and achieve their dreams. I can say I’m a lot happier. My group is doing some team-building here in Manila now.”

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