It is a phenomenal accomplishment by Jyothi Reddy, age 47, who was brought into the world the second of five youngsters to the group of rancher Venkat Reddy in Narasimhula Gudem town in Warangal locale, Telangana.
Everyday survival was a struggle for the family. When she was nine, Venkat decided to leave Jyothi and her younger sister at an orphanage in Hanamkonda near Warangal – he felt they would at least get food, a place to stay and learn some skills to earn a living. Her sister went back due to illness and homesickness, but Jyothi had to stay on, pretending to be motherless.
Once an agricultural labourer whose daily wage was Rs. 5, Jyothi now owns her own consultancy in the US. She was born in a poverty-stricken family with too many mouths to feed, leading her family to enrol her in an orphanage. There, she started her journey of struggle and learnt the value of discipline and persistence. As luck would have it, she was married at the young age of 16 and found herself with two children before she could realise it. From that time, she worked as an agricultural labourer, an NYK volunteer, finished her graduation and post graduation while working almost two jobs every day.
A visit from a relative from the US gave birth to fresh aspiration in her as she learnt computers to gain eligibility to work there. Enrolling her daughters in a missionary school she left for the land of dreams, where first she had to work as a babysitter and at gas stations to make ends meet. It was only during a visit to Mexico that she got an idea for a startup. With her savings of $40000 she opened her company, KEYSS, in Phoenix and still runs it successfully.