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Unemployed Man Now Worth Millions

HUFFINGTPOST.COM - Construction workers and bakers may not seem so similar, but at one shop, those once operating heavy machinery are now making a small fortune off baking chocolate chip cookies instead.

Simon Stenson, 38, of County Mayo, Ireland, found himself back in his hometown when the collapse of his country's construction bubble left him jobless, IrishCentral reports. He spent two years on welfare before his wife, in an attempt to cheer him up, bought Stenson a voucher for a cooking class and inspired him to open a bakery. Now his artisanal shop, Cherry Blossom Bakery, will soon employ 30 people, allowing the "million dollar" Stenson a way of helping others who've been devastated by the collapse of Ireland's once booming economy.

"Simon trained up every member of our staff himself," Stenson's wife and business-partner Siobhan told IrishCentral. "None of them had any experience in baking. He wanted to give people the opportunity he had been given himself." click here to read more

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