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A South Carolina Woman Started Her Own Construction Company After Her Mom Lost Her Home To Foreclosure

The businesswoman was once a low-income single mom.

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, a South Carolina woman who was once trying to survive as a low-income single mother, now owns her own construction company and makes more than $1 million per year.

The businesswoman decided to explore the field of construction after her mother lost her home due to foreclosure. Hoping to build a new home for her mother, the South Carolina resident enrolled in college and studied construction. But tragedy struck the family before the plan came to fruition.

“Three months before I graduated, my mom passed away,” Lewis-Ellis told ABC4 News. “So, I was never able to build the home that I wanted to build for my mom.”

Still, the grieving daughter pushed forward and opened her own construction company, LLE Construction Group. Today's she building homes in the neighborhood when she struggled to survive.

"Just to see the families that were going to be moving in, just to see their excitement rekindled me,” the entrepreneur said. 

LLE Construction Group is described as a "woman and minority-owned small business firm" focusing on construction, facility maintenance and sustainability. 

Lewis-Ellis said women face challenges in construction because they are viewed as people who don't know the business.

"We have the knowledge, skills and ability to also be out there on the site," the business owner told South Carolina ETV. 

The University of South Carolina graduate first worked at the school, renovating offices.

"I arrived to now owning my own construction company almost 21 years later," she said.

Lewis-Ellis, who is focused on inspiring others, advises women to become knowledgeable about the business and start with internships.

"My business is more than a construction company," she said. "We are a ministry to help people, help our clients." 

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