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My name is Axel Ramos. I was born in the country of Guatemala, 1985. And I came to the U.S. in 1995 with my mother and two of my sisters. Um, there was a lot going on in my country, a lot of wars during that time. Government was very unstable, so there wasn't a lot of, uh, you know, order. So my mother decided to, um, to come to this country, and she brought us here. Uh, she wanted us to have a better opportunity. She didn't see it over there, so she told us to go. So she was a single mother. And we came here. We came to this country, we applied for asylum, and we went through the process. And it did take a couple of years to to to get, you know, legal status.

[00:01:29] And we did end up getting it and started going to school, started learning the language. Everything was very different. I mean, it was a different culture, uh, everywhere we went, but we adapted. You know, I was, I was about ten years old, so I was, I was in that age that, you know, I was like a sponge and everything. I was just, you know, learning. So the language after a few months, a couple of years, you know, I started learning, learning the language. And and this became my home. We lived in Providence for that's when we got there. And then I got married in 2008. So then I moved to Woonsocket. So this is where I've been ever since.

[00:02:29] But I did go to school in Providence. I graduated from high school, went to college for a couple of years, but once I got married, more responsibilities. So I started working and about six years ago I started my own commercial cleaning business. So I realized I needed something different after being in a job for ten years, I figure, you know, I needed I needed to move forward. And so I started my own business and that's what I've been doing ever since.

[00:03:13] In 2014 I was ordained a minister, and that was another, you know, big, big calling on my life. And my wife and I started pastoring a church here in Wooksocket that we started going in in 2009. And in 2014, after being ordained, we took over the church. And it's it's been it's been a rollercoaster. But, you know, it's we've we realize my mother's dream of, you know, of opportunities in this country. And I think I can say that I try to take advantage of all. And as they would come in, I would I would go for it. And this country has been a blessing to us. And I think I wouldn't change my story for anything.