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Once homeless, Kansas City entrepreneur transforms his life through fishing invention

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The Fishing Caddy is a grab-and-go caddy that features two built-in rod holders, a padded seat or tackle box and a live well to keep the fish in all in one product. (KCTV5) The Fishing Caddy is a grab-and-go caddy that features two built-in rod holders, a padded seat or tackle box and a live well to keep the fish in all in one product. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Joseph Pippins used to call the streets of Kansas City, KS his home. Now, he is an entrepreneur, and his basement was the starting point for his business.

But for Pippins, life hasn’t always been easy.

“I was sleeping in my car and when my car broke down I was sleeping in a couple of friend’s houses,” Pippins said.

At 17 years old, Pippins became a father and homeless at the same time. It was then he decided to do whatever it took to get out of that situation and support his family.

"I was a cook. I worked as a dishwasher. I waited tables. I cut grass," Pippins said.

But it was his hobby of fishing led that ultimately led to his invention of The Fishing Caddy. The grab-and-go caddy features two built-in rod holders, a padded seat or tackle box and a live well to keep the fish in all in one product.

The first models were designed, hand-crafted and made in his own basement. His family even his family pitched in from time to time.

"My son has helped me build them, my daughter helped me cut decals and my other daughter has helped me assemble lights," Pippins said.

Today, as The Fishing Caddy continues to evolve. Pippins says it’s what he learned while being homeless that made his businesses a success and something even his children are now taking a lesson from.

"The start is always going to be a little rough but if you put the effort it will end up well," Joseph Pippins, Jr. said.

It's gone so well, they plan to launch another product as a family, The Fishing Caddy for Children.

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