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The amazing story of Doe Deere

Who is Doe Deere? What is her legacy and how did she become a successful American Entrepreneur? Doe Deere, or Xenia Vorotova was born in Izhevsk, Russia to a young, struggling single mother. As a small child, Xenia always wondered what America was really like. She’d watch movies, read magazines and even read newspapers to visualize what it was really like to be an American. A few months after she turned 17, she got the news from her mother and little sister that they were all going to immigrate to the United States of America in order to have more opportunities for a better life. Xenia and her little sister were overjoyed but at the same time a little skeptical. Their chosen destination was New York City because it was a synonymous to America, people often said that if you can make it big in New York City than you can make it anywhere. They also heard that they could prove themselves fit to be in America if they could live comfortably in New York. It was a pretty big cultural shock for poor little Xenia. The population in New York was much larger than it was in her home town in Russia, plus she had to deal with the packed subway stations, busy intersections and just the general crowdedness of living in New York. Xenia and her mother knew that it wouldn’t be easy to live in New York City so they came ready to work hard, but unfortunately Xenia’s mother couldn’t find a job because her educational papers took too long to transfer and their life savings were running out fast and they could barely sustain themselves. To try and keep themselves afloat, Xenia’s mother started cleaning people’s houses and Xenia started a pet sitting business, but despite all their efforts and hard work they ended up not being able to pay rent, they had no choice but to go stay in a homless shelter. It was a rough time for them, they stayed in a tiny room with no kitchen but they tried their best to stay hopeful.

 

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