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Woman with Down syndrome starts own cookie business
BOSTON (WBZ/CBS Newspath) – Spend a few minutes in the kitchen with Collette Divitto, and you’ll quickly see her passion at work.
« I love to bake, » she said.
WBZ got a front-row seat to see the 26-year-old make a fresh batch of her amazing chocolate chip cookies dipped in cinnamon. Don’t even try to find out the recipe; Collette says it’s a secret.
Her cookies are so delicious that friends and family kept telling her she could make money off of them.
« This is a really good cookie. You could sell this cookie! » said Collette’s mother, Rosemary Alfredo.
When Collette, who was born with Down syndrome, tried to get a job and start making some money, she learned a tough lesson.
« It’s hard to find a paying job for people like me, » Collette said.
So she decided it was time to become her own boss, and her small cookie business took shape. She’s faced rejection, but now she’s out to prove a lot of people wrong.
Collette’s mom says her daughter has always refused to acknowledge her disability.
« She’s never accepted it » said Rosemary.
An attitude that’s already helped the cookie entrepreneur land her first client in the neighborhood.
The owner of the Golden Goose now sells Collette’s cookies inside his market.
« You know we just kind of fell in love with her, » said owner Stephen DeAngelis. « We get great feedback. First of all, we have to chase the employees away because they want to eat them! »
Getting a spot on the shelves of the Golden Goose was a great first step for Collette, but she’s not stopping there. She wants these sold in stores nationwide, saying her dream is to own a big company, but not for the money or success. Collette wants to hire people around the country with disabilities.