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In 2017, Senga Nuga invested his last $100 to start his own business, desperate to provide for his wife and one-year-old daughter.
Earlier that year, Senga had been let go from his job as a security guard, and the idea to form his own construction cleaning company resulted from a conversation with a friend who was a contractor.
"I went and took my last 100 bucks; started the company; got my business license; got real cheap, cheap insurance, enough for the builder to say, 'Okay, you are good with us;' went to Home Depot and then picked up a couple of brooms, dust pans, and just kind of YouTubed what a cleaner does," Senga says.
As he was registering the business, Senga stared at the blank space where he needed to declare the name of his new company. "I just typed in 'Hallie,' my daughter's name," Senga says. "Then I thought about it more. There's a reason that I did that because it's the reason why I get out of bed. . . . It's the reason that just gets me to say, 'Hey, get up and go, and go fight.'"
Senga contacted the office, ready to dive into his new business and get that first check. That's when he learned the construction would be delayed for at least three months.
At that point, Senga was contemplating accepting whatever minimum-wage, nine-to-five job he could find and abandoning Hallie's Cleaning Services.
But then, Senga received a call.
"The girl in the office says, 'Hey, you can either wait two or three months for [construction to finish] or I can give you four houses in Stansbury Park tomorrow,'" Senga recalls.
After Googling the location, Senga deflated when he learned that he would need to travel 62 miles one way to accomplish the job. But, he committed to the job anyway.
"All I knew was I want to go and sweep that guys' house and make my $100 back one way or the other," Senga says.
Senga spent 7 hours cleaning his first house, something that would normally take his crew 30 minutes today.
"I didn't know what I was doing," Senga admits. "I was doing a final clean on something that was an initial construction clean . . . The carpet wasn't even laid, but I was over there detailing every corner."
He continues, "And then, 62 miles later, I am sitting on my couch, and I am like, 'I am beat. Like, I am done. Is this even worth it for me?'"
At this point, Senga was simply looking for a way to break even and earn back his $100. But, after he received his first check, his attitude changed.
"Me and my wife just sat there and looked at the check and went, 'Dang!'" Senga says. "[When] the first check got cut, that's when I said, 'Okay, I might be able to make this thing work.' . . . That's when reality set in that I can do this."
Read more of Senga's story at MazumaUSA.com/Keep-Going, or check out Hallie's Cleaning Services on Facebook.