With her husband Chris and their young family in Tennessee, 2015
Originally from Mississippi, Kanesha moved around a lot of as a child in different parts of Atlanta, GA, which she considers her home state. She was raised in a single-mother household with her three siblings. “My mother was very ambitious,” says Kanesha. “She saw her dreams and went for them with four kids in tow. We lived in the best home possible for a middle class family and owned whatever car my mother had set her mind on.” Kanesha became pregnant as a teenager and dropped out of college because of health issues. “My baby was so excited to meet mommy I started to dilate at 16 weeks. With low blood counts and high blood pressure, I was on strict bedrest, unable to earn a living, and bored out my mind.” Without any savings and often lacking money for food, Kanesha and her husband were struggling to make ends meet. “Living in a small, roach-infested home was not the idea my mom had for her daughter,” says Kanesha. “She worried so much about me, but I knew I had a dream that would one day come true, and I would just have to stick it out until things got better.” Kanesha’s husband was working as hard as he could, but at minimum wage it was difficult to get ahead. Desperate to make extra money, Kanesha made a couple of attempts at starting her own business, like creating her own t-shirt line, but nothing worked and the investments she made put her even deeper in debt. “I also was a job hopper,” she says. “You named it, I tried it. I worked as a childcare provider for two years. I did debt collection. I worked at a law firm for a year, then in fast food. A few weeks into each job, I would want to be home with my kids, so I would quit.
Then bills would pile up, so I would go back to work.” By age 22, Kanesha had three children under the age of five and no paycheck. “Living off my hubby, I wasn’t raised that way,” she says. “I was broke and broken. I really wanted to own my own time. I knew $8.00 an hour was not going to pay the bills and create the life I was longing for. I wanted to be the owner and do things my way.” When Kanesha found network marketing, she was sold on the promise of freedom. Her children needed her daily, and her husband’s salary was so low they could not afford childcare. “With state assistance being denied, I knew it was the right thing for me to do,” she says. “I jumped in and out of network marketing for three years. I would always make my starter kit money back, but never made a long-term commitment.” Kanesha knew that in order to succeed she had to reprogram her mind. “I had to tell myself I was worthy and could do this. Although I had worked with other leaders before, my upline Amber Voight was the first to ever reach down and help me. When she added me to her Facebook group, I finally felt a part of something bigger.”
Getting Started To help Kanesha change her belief system, Amber
Published on Feb 3, 2016
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