Noe Rueda grew up poor on Chicago’s West Side. As young as 8 years old, he relied on his budding entrepreneurial talents to help his mom and three siblings make ends meet.
This storycorps hit way too close to home, I’m tearing up. I lived in very similar circumstances in South Los Angeles with my mom. Every day after school or during summer I would sell drinks or candies outside to the neighborhood kids to try and help out and save money. No one told me to, I just did it because I wanted to help.
I came from nothing. I was the first of my family to get a Bachelors Degree. That feeling of accomplishment meant so much to me, and so much to my family. We’re definitely not rich now, but I live a life that is much more comfortable, and appreciate every last damn second of it.