Janeth Mendoza Santillan
Viviam Paola Aviles Davila
Lila Alvarez Yujra
Luis Fernando Ilaquita Fernandez
Marco Antonio Suarez
Impact of the MBS course in Bolivia
Participants are asked to complete a self-evaluation before and after completing the MBS course. The following report demonstrates the impact of the MBS course based on the evaluation results in Bolivia.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 59% / 88%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 50% / 85%
I serve in my community. | 43% / 75%
I save money regularly. | 52% / 78%
My family spends less than we earn. | 63% / 67%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 84% / 82%
I keep business records. | 40% / 82%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 88%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 87%
Bolivia Success Stories
Bolivia. Eva Francisca Colque. I am from Tupiza in Potosí. I went to live with my husband in La Paz, because he had a well-paid job there. My son was born a year later and every day at home with my baby, a pet, my husband and all day at work started to depress me so I started knitting therapy.
I knitted for my baby and my pet. When we went to the market, many asked about my pet’s clothing, so I ended up knitting clothes for my neighbors and friends’ pets, until one day out of curiosity I donated to a pet store. I had to deliver 1 box of clothes in one week. It was quite the sacrifice. I barely slept or ate for work because the price I charged was so cheap so I stopped knitting. After a while I discovered that there were automatic knitting machines. I bought one and the saleswoman offered me a 2 hour training to learn how to spin and weave a small sample of round and V-neck. I ended up practicing with wool cones until I felt like knitting a garment and it didn’t work for me, so I knitted a section with a toothpick and then with a machine. With time and practice, I’ve made many modifications until today. But there was a time when I stopped weaving because of the birth of my daughter and what other people thought about my work. I couldn’t deliver my orders and I was frustrated on top of the pandemic. Today, because my children are older, I have more time to work on knitting. I have also learned how important it is to have financial independence.
Through taking the MBS course, I learned the importance of using the 6 Ps. You need to plan, to have a good product and therefore a satisfied customer. You need to know the process of the product well, charge a fair price, and know how to promote to make the products known. You need to encourage customers to continue buying and know it is important to keep track of expenses and income.
Bolivia. My name is Brenda Echeverría. From a very young age, I was very independent and I consider myself a humble and responsible person. I recently graduated with a degree in business administration and I work as temporary personnel, generally in marketing companies. Last year I started looking for permanent jobs. Unfortunately, these jobs ask for years of experience. Because of so, I decided to participate in the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) program.
The program taught me a lot, which refreshed and added to the knowledge I gained in my university. It also helped me understand and mature in many essential aspects in my life, and it taught me to balance and improve them. These courses prompted me to improve as a person and to support and help the people around me. Now I think big and want to be a great self-reliant entrepreneur.
Bolivia. My name is Peggy Carla Cordova Luna. I am an economist, and at this time I am working with consultants in the public and private sectors. However, these past two years I have been thinking a lot about starting my own business. In the beginning I did not have a clear horizon, but I love to learn new things and change the course of my life. I like the challenge.
I have a very close-knit family, three charming children, a good husband, and exemplary parents with whom I was talking about my projects and the vision I have from here on out. The MBS course helped me a lot in terms of being proactive, always ready to learn, and confronting the day-to-day challenges. Now I know what I want, and it is to start my own makeup and spa business. I have a clear goal and objective. I find myself only a few months away from being an expert in makeup and hairstyling. I feel more sure and confident in the phrase, “practice makes perfect”. Knowledge makes it so you can undertake this challenge in a more firm and sure manner. I feel satisfied with the course and grateful for the advice and examples in the form of case studies that were shared in every class. Mariana, our facilitator, helped us so much and now the challenge is putting into practice those entrepreneurial aspirations that I have.
Bolivia. Before she began the MBS program, Lydia Aguilar was trying to make a small business out of making and selling leather jackets to her neighbors, but ultimately she had no idea how to run a business. Now that she has taken and graduated from the MBS course, she organizes her successfully growing business well.
Now that her business is well-established, Lydia has more time and resources allowing her to help with a community project called “Angel Dresses.” She receives fabric from donated wedding dresses and turns it into white dresses for small children who have passed away in underprivileged families. Her work fulfills Interweave’s dream by making a positive difference in her own life and in her community.