8-year-old opens a bakery to help buy a house for mom

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"He's got a real passion for baking and I'm so happy he's using it in such a rewarding way."

Some people are just born with an entrepreneurial spirit. Jalen Bailey is one of those people.

Recently, the 8-year-old decided to use that fervent, dedicated entrepreneurial spirit to help make his mom’s life better. How exactly does he plan to pull it off? Easy.

His plan is to take one of his favorite hobbies, baking, and turn a profit so he can purchase his hard working mom a new house!

“I just want one that me and my mom can be happy living in,” Jalen said in an interview with TODAY.


8-Year-Old Opens A Bakery

(Source: Sharhonda Mahan) Jalen and his mother, Sharhonda.


Currently, Jalen and his mother, Sharhonda Mahan, live in a small apartment in Fresno, CA, USA. It’s all they can afford at the moment, but Jalen plans to improve their living situation through his effort and passion.

“I know Jalen wants me to have a bigger place, but I want the same for him,” Sharhonda told TODAY. “He deserves a big kitchen to cook in and a backyard to run around in.”

Jalen’s no stranger to the kitchen. n fact, he started baking when he was only 5-years-old! Earlier this July, he opened Jalen’s Bakery which operates out of his apartment’s kitchen. Since opening he’s already raised over $200.


8-Year-Old Opens A Bakery

Jalen operates his bakery from he and his mother’s apartment kitchen!


“I love baking because it’s kind of like science — and that’s my favorite subject in school,” says Jalen. “You get to put different baking materials into a bowl and make something new, which is what science is all about.”

Since opening Jaen’s Bakery, he’s mainly serviced and provided his community with quality baked goods. However, he’s created a GoFundMe page in an attempt to gain support on a  nationwide (even global) scale!

Learn more about Jalen’s bakery and his efforts to help his mom! Visit page 2 for more!

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