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A little entrepreneur with a big heart

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Six-year-old Andreya Barreiro didn’t set out to make a ton of money with her lemonade stand. All she wanted was enough money for her and her family to go to Disney World. The family has had financial difficulties due to medical issues, and a trip like that was out of their reach. Her single mom, Jessica Zayas, had breast cancer, which, fortunately, is in remission. Her grandmother also has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment. Andreya, her mom, and her younger brother, Andreas, live with the grandparents, Kim and Robert Dester.

Andreya got the idea for the lemonade stand from a video she watched on YouTube. Her grandfather built the stand, Andreya painted it, and her mother designed a stencil in the shape of a lemon, which they painted on the stand.
Robert commented, “Andreya came up with the idea to put wheels on it so she could wheel it over to the Little League baseball field nearby and sell lemonade there.”

“I make the lemonade by myself, but my mom helps me,” Andreya remarked.
Over the past four weekends, she has made over $600−more than enough for her trip−so she decided to donate the remaining proceeds and any additional money she makes to the homeless and to animal shelters.

“The first day we were out there, in the first five minutes, we had five cars lined up outside our house,” stated Robert.

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Amazingly, Andreya gets an average of about 50 customers per day and is generally out there for four hours each day−usually Sundays only. She hopes to be out there for the rest of the summer, and now that school is out, she may be selling her lemonade during the week also. The people who have visited her have been encouraging and generous.

“One man gave me $100 for two cups of lemonade and a fruit snack!” Andreya remarked.

Another person gave her a 50 dollar bill, and another man left ten dollars and told her to enjoy Disney World.

The modern-day businesswoman that she is, Andreya even accepts Cash App payments.

You’ll find her smiling and waving to prospective customers at “Andreya’s Lemonade ‘N More” on Deltona Boulevard, just north of the Little League ball field on the left-hand side. Stop by for a cold cup of lemonade and a ray of sunshine from a little girl with big dreams and a big heart.

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