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Northeast · Austria · Design

Anja Kroencke

Founder of Of Unusual Kind

"I’m most proud that I worked really hard, that I didn’t let the many set backs along the way stop me from pursuing my dreams and that I also started a family. Proudest moment was when 5 years later I received the green card because of my achievements in illustration."

— Anja Kroencke, founder of Of Unusual Kind View Website

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