Teen Opens Coffee Trailer In Granard, Co. Longford
16 year-old Maria Ledwith has opened a coffee trailer in Granard, Co. Longford.
As reported by rte.ie, Ledwith open the Elm Coffee Trailer after struggling to find a summer job this year.
Ledwith reportedly said, "Rural Ireland is small, and even though Granard is a busy town, there's just not enough part-time work. I saw that and thought, what could be better than being your own boss?"
Ledwith, who was reportedly was coming to the end of a disrupted transition year and reportedly spoke to her parents about opening a coffee trailer, reportedly said, "I had always said there was a huge opening for a coffee trailer in Granard. So, after many meetings at the kitchen table, we picked up a trailer from a man in Longford who wasn't using it. I then contacted local tradespeople and we got them in to refurbish it. I just felt like it was nicer to include people in the community."
She reportedly said, "If it had been an ordinary year, Transition Year would have been a lot busier for me and I probably wouldn't have had as much time to think about these things. It was a hard year to keep motivated, but since we started the trailer, I have been flat out."
Ledwith, who reportedly employs two staff - her mother and her friend - reportedly said, "It's a really nice feeling to be able to give people a job and give people a chance who may never have had a job. As a teenage business owner, I just feel like it's such a huge opportunity. Since I've started, my confidence has grown a lot."
Ledwith, who will reportedly continue to work weekends at her coffee trailer during the current school term and who has reportedly hired extra staff to run the coffee trailer during the week, reportedly said, "Ultimately, I want to go to college. But I think this shows that if you have an idea and you get the right people around you, you can do anything."
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