Laura Roussel Herrera
Leonardo Mauricio Gómez
Miriam Uribe Cantillo
María Angélica Mayorga
Nelson Ricardo Triana Betancourt
Impact of the MBS course in Columbia
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 Colombia.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 51% / 80%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 51% / 83%
I serve in my community. | 38% / 78%
I save money regularly. | 46% / 84%
My family spends less than we earn. | 43% / 75%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 78% / 86%
I keep business records. | 26% / 75%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 84%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 85%
Colombia Success Stories
Colombia. Shortly after our conference in Ecuador last spring, Nelson Triana landed a contract with his local government, authorizing him to teach the MBS course in schools as part of their business curriculum. After presenting the program and modeling the teaching style, he was offered positions in 3 different schools, teaching 5 different courses. This work has been so successful and kept him so busy that he’s had to turn down other schools that want the MBS materials taught in their business departments.
Not only do the students learn the principles of business and the different areas of life that need attention, but they are given opportunity to put these principles in action. The photos above show one of the school groups recent community improvement projects. They visited a home for elderly community members and provided services such as hand massages and manicures as well as friendly interaction and activities.
We are thrilled to see the MBS program impact not only those taking the course, but brightening the lives of their families, friends and community members alike.
Colombia. Success Ambassador Darío Sanchez noticed an opportunity when he heard about the “Cedezos” program sponsored by the city government. This program supports the development of business and entrepreneurship in local areas by setting up training centers in each community in the city. Darío knew this would be a perfect place to implement the MBS program, so he presented the idea to the Cedezo in his neighborhood and explained to them the difference between Interweave’s training and other programs they might have tried in the past.
Darío reports that the municipality reached out to him this week and suggested they expand the reach of the MBS training course by implementing the program in every community within the city limits. With this success, Dario will be able to reach hundreds of people and share with them the principles that have helped him and so many others to become self-reliant.
Colombia. Two important values at Interweave Solutions are “always improving” and “mutual respect for all.” These two principles have taken on meaning as we’ve worked to weave them together through the MBS Jr. Program. Although the curriculum itself will not be released until later this year, we are excited to share the progress of a pilot group of youth this past month.
Mauricio Gomez, Success Ambassador in Colombia, facilitated a group of 42 youth ages 9-18 and said it was a very special experience. He is passionate about the idea of MBS Jr. because he has seen the high levels of unemployment among youth in Latin America and has noticed that the few who can find jobs are often exploited by their employees because they don’t have enough experience. He believes that between 15-24 years old is the ideal time to become an entrepreneur because “they aren’t afraid of it, they don’t have as many family obligations and they are willing to learn and adapt as necessary.”
Mauricio also had the privilege of training his own daughter in the MBS course.
“It was very special for me to be able to convey to Melisa the message that she is in charge of her own life. She doesn’t need to depend on a job to support herself when she is an adult, but she has a choice and if she wants to be employed, it is because she decided that for herself and not because it is the only option she knows.
“I believe that one of the most important skills that a young person should acquire is to learn to “sell”, either as a person, as a business or as an idea, so it made me very happy to see her [gain] the basic knowledge necessary to choose what she really wants to do with her life. It also made me feel very proud to see her graduate from a program I believe in so much. That is so special to me.”
We are thrilled about the progress and excitement of our team for the MBS Jr. curriculum to be released in the near future!