Floriza Genautis

It’s very important to me to build a community that I want to belong to and make sure my daughter doesn’t have to go through the same challenges that I have gone through. I was born and raised in the Philippines. I dealt with the struggles of having your degree from another country and English as your second language. I started mopping floors at KFC, and now I own my own business. I know that things can get better, because I’ve experienced it. Maybe it starts with just me, but I’m able to give opportunities to someone else – and then there are two of us who are able to make a difference.
- Floriza Genautis, nominated by Heart of West Michigan United Way