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Woman With Down Syndrome Opens Bakery And Makes Her Dream Come True


After she appeared on CBS Boston, Collette Divitto, the owner of Colletty’s Cookies had orders flooding in. A normal request for cookie’s, before the viralmania, could be about 2000 cookies.  But now, orders have jumped to 60,000. Divitto is a 26-years-old entrepreneur with Downs Syndrome. She decided to start Colletty’s Cookies after a two-year unsuccessful search for a job. She graduated from a program at Clemson University in South Carolina, then volunteered at a public school. For those two years, she had interviews, but none of the people called her back. “They would write back and say they liked the conversation with me but it wasn’t a good fit,” says Divitto.

Collette has loved baking since she was 15-years-old. That’s why she decided to create her job herself.

As a girl, she used to spend her evenings and weekends baking at home.


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When she turned 22, she started applying for a job in Boston.

Interestingly, she also brought samples of her baking to the interviews, but nothing seemed to work out.


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This made her feel defeated and thought that her condition had a lot to do with the constant rejections.

However, she didn’t give up on her dream.


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Instead, she started her own company and called it Collettey’s.

Her sister and mom helped her. They got their first order of cookies from a grocery store in Boston called Golden Goose Market.


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She started making 100 cookies a week for the Market.

After her story went viral she is now working to fill orders of 10,000 cookies.


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Additionally, she would love to hire employees with and without disabilities.

“I never raised her looking at her as if she had limitations,” said Rosemary, Collette’s mom.


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“You can call them disabilities. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. We don’t focus on that.”, adds her mom.


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Colette has a strong message for people:

“Do not give up. Live [your] dreams and keep on doing what you have to do.”


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