I lost my non-permanent job after one year, without any reason and went through a relationship breakdown with a person who destroyed me and my family emotionally and physically, I was left completely helpless, homeless and depressed. He even managed to convince my ex husband that I was a drug addict, drunken and a low-morals person so he forbids me to speak to my children and see them. I was unemployed in France and because of the Covid crisis, I wasn't able to find a job. I lived here and there, and was also in the streets for a short while.
I decided to relocate to a country with a cheaper life and maybe an opportunity to rebuild myself and become stronger. I threw away my antidepressants and I started to throw myself body and soul into my passion of baking fine French cakes. At first, I would just offer them to my friends and take pictures of them on Instagram to showcase my skills and then I thought to contact some bakeries to se if one would be interested to sell them. I made intricate entremets, which are fine French cakes, as well as macarons, all things that don't exist here. One bakery replied and decided to give my cakes a try and put their trust in me. This paid off for them and for me as it was met with an enormous success.
I worked nearly 18 hours per day to meet my daily orders. My main problem is that almond powder doesn't exist here. So I must transform the almonds from beginning to end : I boil them, peel their skin, dry them, I have a small kitchen robot to crush them as fine as I can and I then sift them 3 times pressing with a spoon. It takes me around 5 hours to make fine almond flour ready to make macarons.
My ex (the one who destroyed my life) has succeeded to also destroy my flourishing home-business by lying to the embassy that I was a dangerous woman, telling that I was working illegally, etc. I then only had the option to formally open a business, a pastry shop, in order to continue living here and working. I had been saving money so I am able to meet the furniture costs, as well as the numerous taxes and the fine that I am having to pay because of the "illegal work", but I still need help with buying a freezer, a cake display and another oven (I will have to make do with 2 domestic ovens before the business takes off). I have done all the work I could myself so to save up as much money as possible on painting and small DIY jobs.
This bakery project represents for me the stability I lost after the breakdown of my bad relationship, it will allow me to live an honest life, offering people the best of my self and my skills. I intend to take my ex to court to see my children again (it has been 9 months that I have not heard their voice)... I need and I want to succeed. This is not only opening a business, it is the consecration of all the hard work I have put in during the last months, as well as the life changing choices I made to get rid of my depression and suicidal thoughts. As a mother, I owe it to my children to be stable, alive and here for them.
Any help is welcome and I want to thank you for having taken the time to read my story, my goal and what I will work hard to achieve.