This Young Woman With Down Syndrome Was Denied Jobs At Bakeries, So She Opened Her Own

Date August 27, 2018

People with disabilities prove that they can make a contribution to our society and live normal lives. All they really need is support and belief from individuals around them. The following story is one of the instances when a person with Down syndrome was able to open their own business, and it is beyond inspiring.

Making it work on her own

Ever since Collette Divitto was 15 years old, she found her calling in baking. She was spending her free time making cookies and learning new recipes. As Collette wrote in an email to the Upworthy website:

I always baked after school and on the weekends. I loved baking for my family for holidays.

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Collette knew baking should be her life's calling and started applying for jobs at Boston's bakeries once she turned 22. Unfortunately, finding a fitting position turned out to be harder than Divitto had initially anticipated. Although people were kind to Collette during interviews, no one offered her a job:

Many people who interviewed me for jobs said I was really nice but not a good fit for them. It was really hurtful, and I felt rejected a lot.

Deep inside, Collette suspected that no one wanted to hire a person with Down syndrome, which hurt the young girl a lot. Nevertheless, Divitto wasn't ready to give up on her dreams that easily. Luckily, her mother and sister were able to help Collette start her own baking company, Collettey's, and the first order didn't take too long.

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Local grocery store started ordering 100 cookies a week from Collettey's, and Divitto's reputation started to gain attention.

About 4 years since Collettey's opening, the business reached 10,000 orders. But Divitto's goal wasn't only to make profit – she also wanted to help other people with disabilities in her community:

My biggest success so far is how big my company is growing, which means I can start hiring people with and without disabilities.

What Collette was able to achieve is extremely impressive and inspirational to anyone. Despite challenges, she didn't give up and became successful, which takes a lot of bravery. In Divitto's own wonderful words:

Never give up. Don't let people make you sad or feel rejected. Stay motivated and follow your dreams.

Collette's success isn't exceptional – there are many other young people with Down syndrome who follow their dreams and work on their own businesses. They prove that all anyone needs is determination and love for what they're doing.

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