Originally from Haiti, Maxandra Desrosiers is a Gen X leader in a young network marketing company. From her home in Florida, she is building a growing team of entrepreneurs from different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Maxandra was sent to the US by her mother who believed her daughter deserved a better life. Today Maxandra is teaching others with her story that they too can create the life they want. —J.G.

Please share a little about your background.
My early life experiences truly built me up and got me started for what I’m doing today. I grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; moved to the US at the age of 13 without my family, shortly after my brothers were murdered (as a result of political unrest). I stayed with a family member for three years, and then I was on my own. I started middle school, then went to high school. I graduated high school early, at age 16, and started working. I was homeless, then living with a friend, sleeping on her floor.