Impact of the MBS Course in Argentina
Participants are asked to complete a self-assessment before and after taking the MBS course. The following report demonstrates the impact of the MBS course based on the results of the evaluations in Argentina.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 80% / 100%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 80% / 100%
I serve in my community. | 80% / 80%
I save money regularly. | 80% / 100%
My family spends less than we earn. | 40% / 100%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 100% / 100%
I keep business records. | 20% / 100%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 100%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 100%
Brazil. “MBS shows that we cannot give up, on the contrary, it strengthens our desire to achieve self-reliance, a better quality of life, and fulfill our dreams.”
My name is Eliene Silva, I live in Sobral, Ceará, Brazil. I am married and I have two children that I am very proud of. My oldest daughter is a Pedagogue and my youngest son is studying Law. My husband works as a General Services Clerk and he is an excellent professional in the area of car and motorcycle restoration, and he wants to work in this area. We are a simple and humble family, and we have always believed that family is the essence of a life of honesty and character.
Currently I am working in the area of beauty and wellness selling products and natural supplements, providing a better quality of life to people. I really enjoy dealing with people, and this is an area in which I have sought specialization. When I worked as a Health Agent, I felt fulfilled in being able to help people and, while living in a low income community, I always saw an opportunity to bring these people a word of comfort, or some form of assistance.
I met the MBS program through Success Ambassador Isaías Santos, who introduced me to the program, and I soon realized that this was what I needed to make my dream come true. MBS complemented what I had always been looking for, and as a Success Ambassador I intend to help the young people in my community to have a purpose in life, and to move forward believing that everyone deserves success. I live the reality in my community that does not have an adequate policy in this regard. Families are without any support and are always facing hardships.
The MBS enchanted me from the beginning. But I particularly liked the “bicycle wheel”. This lesson uniquely shows us that some businesses will not succeed because of lack of planning and strategy. It also shows that there needs to be balance in all areas of our lives. Many people give up on their businesses, give up on their families, and even their own lives, because they fail to plan and find balance.
The MBS shows that we cannot give up; on the contrary, it strengthens our desire to achieve self-reliance, a better quality of life, and fulfill our dreams. I am putting into practice the idea of always saving, “even if it is just one or two coins”, having more leisure hours with my family, taking care of my health, in short, living better. And I am very happy to be a Success Ambassador and my purpose is to train more Success Ambassadors in my region. At this point I feel very secure to have the support of Interweave Solutions, in the sense of being an official representative, and presenting myself as such to other organizations, communities, and government agencies, which is something I intend to do soon.
I thank Ambassador Isaías for introducing me to the MBS Program, and I also thank the founders of Interweave Solutions because they came up with the idea and decided to share it with everyone.
Ecuador. My name is Pualina Yacelga Aguilar. I entered the program thanks to Mrs. Sara Velasco, a civil service member of the Provincial Counsel of Pichincha, who invited me to participate in the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) program to strengthen my business. I am the owner of Alexandra L Grand (floral art, confectionary, and details), which has been operating since May 2018. In the beginning, I thought I should make Alexandra L Grand known on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp) so we focused on creating a logo and a motto to support the brand. We realized we needed feedback on social media regarding the products’ quality, presentation, service, and the importance of having interaction with the customer. That’s how we started participating in fairs. They have given us the opportunity to test the products (candies and crafts) and they give us the advantage of making the brand known. Moreover, it allows us to improve client capturing, conservation, and presentation of products. We have overcome a lot of obstacles, even ones we never imagined. From the beginning, a few of those include: failure to comply with delivery times, quality of raw materials from suppliers, excessive costs covering the fairs which promised a disproportionate amount of target customers, product waste, changing locations, and an ant infestation among other things. However, each one of those experiences was overcome and left us with incomparable lessons learned.
Participating in this course allowed us to return to the basics and look at which aspects needed strengthening (logging and filing) and how frequently they should be performed. Above all, we were able to practice the way we interact with the clients. One of the strengths of the MBS program is the sharing, feeling comfortable and understood in this adventure together with other entrepreneurs. These particular experiences were driving factors and guides for our businesses. I am now looking for the most excellent way to achieve my personal and business goals. This course allowed me to combine those two areas in a concise and dynamic way. Finally, thank you to Mrs. Sara Velazco, through the Provincial Council, and Mrs. Alexandra Zúñiga, facilitator of Interweave Solutions, for opening the door for me to participate in the MBS program and to my group members, “Los Padrinos”, for showing me that anything is possible if you believe in your own talents.
Angola. Just a click on the Facebook page and curiosity led Pascoal Jamba to get to know and dedicate himself to the MBS program. According to him (…) it was worth clicking on that post (…)
My name is Pascoal Jamba Catiavala, I’m 27 years old, Angolan. I have a degree in Economics and Management from the Jean Piaget University of Angola, and for the last few years, I have been working as a high school teacher in the subjects of Introduction to Economics, Economic and Social Development, and Entrepreneurship. I am fascinated by innovative businesses, and I am a very simple, persevering, and knowledge-loving person.
I accessed MBS first out of curiosity because nobody had told me anything about it. I simply saw the post on Facebook and clicked. And during this training period, I had an incredible experience and each unit took me to another one because the content is very clear, objective, and practical. And I had a very patient mentor, who was always available to help me in whatever I needed. And today I say that it was worthwhile to have clicked on that post because today I am a person completely prepared to open a business and become a Success Ambassador for Interweave Solutions in my community.
Angola. Henrique Chissingui is a natural entrepreneur. Always with great ideas and willingness to do business. But, after trying in some areas, success came through the MBS course. According to him, “This course changed my way of thinking and this is the guarantee of my success”.
My name is Henriques Elias Chissingui. I’m Angolan and I live in Camacupa municipality, in the province of Bié. I am 36 years old and I am a teacher. I have a reasonable salary that covers the needs of my family. Due to family problems, in 2019 I started to lose a large part of my monthly salary. I felt a lot of stress and exhaustion, because at that moment I was trying to validate the undergraduate degree I got in Brazil, which brought me more expenses. I began to feel the lack of money and I asked the bank for a four-month salary advance to pay it off in one year. When I received this amount, I used part of it to pay for school and the other part I used to open a business called HC-ENCOMENDAS. I advertised it on Facebook, WhatsApp, and I told close friends who ordered the clothes I bought from Luanda, the capital of Angola. They paid for the clothes on credit but, as of December 2020, some still have not been able to settle the debt. This is how I met the death of my business. Instead of improving my life, I made it worse. I looked for a tutoring center and was able to learn a little about planning, business identification, and management. But, the solution came the day I was scrolling through Facebook and saw the Interweave Solutions ad. I read about the program and clicked on the WhatsApp button, which directed me to the course. My Mentor Cynthya Freitas answered my message and, feeling a little suspicious, I asked her if that ad was really true, or just a fake page to trick people. My mentor promptly answered me: “Would you like to know a little more about Interweave? I can send you a video.” I then decided to register and start the course.
Throughout the course, I learned things that, if I had known before, today I would have significantly improved my life, my family, and my community. With this course, I was able to discover the success of an entrepreneur, and now my vision is so much clearer and I find business opportunities everywhere I go. The course is inspiring and today I am able to save money on a daily basis.
I recommend this course to everyone who wants to improve their personal life, their family life, and their community. MBS changed my way of thinking and this is the guarantee of my success.