Mikhail and Olga Okunev
“Life today is like a fairy tale!” – In Russia, Olga and Mikhail Okunev worked hard as flower vendors to feed their seven children (Denis, Maksim, Mikhail, Konstantin, Danil, Aliona, and Vladislav). But educating them? That wasn’t even a possibility. “That’s why we came to America,” Olga says.
While they were able to see that dream realized, life wasn’t a walk in the park once here. Mikhail took a job in construction; Olga opened a day care in their home. “My parents worked long hours,” Aliona says. “It was often chaos here with 12 to 14 kids in addition to my brothers and me.”
In spite of – or maybe because of – those time constraints, Olga and Mikhail worked just as hard at their Amway™ business.
“We’d used GLISTER® toothpaste and NUTRILITE® supplements in Russia,” Olga says. “When I saw a houseguest of ours had GLISTER toothpaste, I asked where she’d gotten it.” That led to their introduction to the Amway business opportunity.
“It’s the most amazing feeling to help someone out with the products,” Olga remarks. When their jobs foundered, “We decided to build the business full time.”
That has freed them up to have more time for travel, camping, and just enjoying the great outdoors. “My dad still keeps beehives and my mom’s garden gets bigger and bigger every year,” Aliona says.
“Life today is like a fairy tale!” Olga exclaims. “It’s not a struggle. We can sleep in and spend time with our children and grandchildren.” She advises, “Listen to your upline and follow their path. They’ve already walked it.”
The couple’s goals include helping their children (ages 17 to 29) become established and fulfilling their parents’ dreams. They’re happy they can help so many Slavic immigrants through their business. “We also want to help the people in Russia, especially orphans.”
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