Jeffrey Victor Atsu Kwao
Abby Tweba Bossman
Wonder Kojo Deku
Nelvis Dela Kemoro
Maurice Divine Boye
Abigail K Gina-Bediako
Kelvin Mawuli Tsekpoh
Daniel Kwesi Biney
Solomon Manso Aidoo
Scott Kofi Appiah Rayi
Hope Mensah Xedagbui
Harrison Anim Frimpong
Raygan Kwadzo Hosi
Benjamin Kwesi Ahialorxo
Impact of the MBS Course in Ghana
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 Ghana.
I have my own business. | 46% / 62%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 69% / 97%
I serve in my community. | 54% / 94%
I save money regularly. | 46% / 95%
My family spends less than we earn. | 65% / 91%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 80% / 87%
I keep business records. | 30% / 96%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 96%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 96%
Angola. Edna had to balance her work with her MBS course training. But it was all worth it and she is now able to manage her business using what she learned from the MBS.
Hello, I’m Edna Chitombi, and I live in Angola. I started in the commercial world 18 years ago working as a Cashier Operator but three years later I stopped working and enrolled in the Gregório Semedo University for a degree in Business Organization and Management. While I was graduating I opened a hair salon, I had other street businesses such as: selling clothes, jewelry, cement, drinks, etc. For 12 years I have been an Insurance Broker and also a Store Manager in a hypermarket in the country. I like sports and I practice a modality called Crav-Maga – Personal Defense. I have already participated in some community activities in orphanages taking food and school supplies, and helping in the cleaning in my community. This course was a challenge for me, because reconciling work and training was not an easy task. However, each Unit was encouraging me not to give up and I could discover new skills, new perspectives of interior, family and community change, and with this knowledge I can impact other people’s lives. Before the course, my street business was done in an empirical way, I had no concept that my Wheel of Quality of Life was unbalanced and the MBS has totally changed the concept I was using, it also gave me a different vision of business, and I learned the step by step process to create a business, in an uncomplicated way using the necessary tools. I must thank the brilliant initiative of Interweave Solutions in choosing my country to be part of this Project.
Angola. Simão Pedro, can use his talents to grow professionally and support his community. Read what he says about MBS: “Each lesson was a game changer in my professional career and commitment to my community”
Simão Pedro José, Angolan, 31 years old, I am a teacher by profession, and have a communicative and dominant character.. Since very early on, I have been committed to learning continuously in order to improve my life. I never had the opportunity to have a financial education that would allow me to improve my life. As a public servant, I go through many financial needs. Knowing the course, I realized that my life could change significantly. Through everything I learned in this course, I created a business plan in the academic area, where through my training I will provide training, mentoring and consulting. I have everything ready to start. Thanks to the Course and to Interweave Solutions. You have changed my life.
Ghana. My name is Maurice Divine. I am a 30 year old Advertising Copywriter based in Accra, Ghana. My experience with the program has been life changing. Before taking the course, I was very wasteful in every aspect of my life. I was constantly in debt and my business was not improving. However, since I started applying the MBS principles in my personal life and business, I have noticed a significant improvement in my life. I save regularly, prioritize my day to achieve goals set for the day, now serve in my community and so much more. I feel like I am finally in charge of my life.
Honduras. My name is Glenda Patricia Cabrera; I am a 48-year-old married woman with 2 beautiful daughters. The Lord has allowed me to have the opportunity to take care of other 4 nephews that are like my children. I have incorporated them in my business so that they start learning about running businesses. I have worked in different places and God willing; it has allowed me to learn from every home. There is no limit of age to keep learning, I hope to become a businesswoman so the day that I am gone I can leave my children with a valuable gift, not only with financial gains but also knowing how to become an entrepreneur.
My experience receiving this certificate has been very beneficial and full of blessings. From the moment I signed up I got a scholarship. I can honestly say I was very ignorant in this area of learning a business. I thought that it was a matter of saying to the customer, please buy this from me. Now I realize that it is about having a convincing process and about treating our clients with respect. Even more than that, is about treating us with respect by respecting our business. I learned that we can’t rob our business by not paying for what we consume or use. My biggest example of overcoming hardships is my mother. She has been a single mom with 11 children that never had the support of her partner or her family. But she never gave up. She kept moving forward, to the point that she has helped her 8 children become good people without the help of a man. She showed me it was not necessary to have a man by your side to keep moving forward. She has proven to be someone strong and worthy to follow. She is an 81-year-old woman now, and she teaches us every day about persevering. She wakes up at 5 am every day, she is really a force to be reckoned with. We laugh because all of our family got COVID, except for her! She would take care of us while we were sick. She is truly our hero, and that is who I would like to be, with an insatiable energy. God bless you my elderly Mother.
Zimbabwe. “I enjoyed the fact that the course looks at all aspects of life and provides a balanced approach that stimulates growth from all angles.“
My name is Tendai, I was born to a family of eight being the fourth born, my family has always had values that have helped me to as I grew. I grew up n a farm were it was kind of a family community, everyone knew everyone. I attended primary school at St James Craig School and my secondary at St Peter Clever Secondary, and Tafara Two High in Tafara. After finishing my ‘O’ Levels, I failed to get the resources to pursue my education and I tried to make a living for myself. Around 1997, I made a decision to go and serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
That turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was called to serve in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission and my assignments took me to Gweru, Bulawayo, Mutare, Harare, and Lusaka, in Zambia.
I grew to love the people not only for who they are but for what I now know they can be. I faced a lot of challenges in my life, I lost my elder brother to HIV AIDS in 2003, I have had to carry that pain since, and in 2018 I lost my dear father to abdominal Cancer. That inspired me to do some research on the disease and I am currently taking a course on Public Health with BYU-IDAHO. This was mainly motivated by the need to find some sort of cure for the diseases. When my father was very sick, we did everything I thought was necessary to get him better with the limited resources we had but to no avail. I got to know about the MBS program from my brother, who had made some considerable progress already. I didn’t know what is was all about, but since I am a BYU student I decided to take the challenge. One of my motivations was the Gas business I recently started and I sure needed some inspiration. The moment I started I realized that that’s exactly what my business needed some kind of professional assistance. I also noted that my life was not evenly balanced, and when I started my Home Plan, things started falling into place. I enjoyed the fact that the course looks at all aspects of life and provides a balanced approach that stimulates growth from all angles. The first thing I did was run around to see how the successful businesses in my vicinity were operating, I never knew I was going to get the kind of help I got. I immediately started inquiring about the process to formalize my business, and again I noticed that it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared. As I progressed and followed all the guidelines and instructions, I realized that I really needed the training. I had always though of borrowing some money but after learning about the dangers of just getting a loan and the importance of Cash Projection, I realized I might not need the loan after all. The 6 Ps helped me Plan, decide a Product, look at the Process, how to determine the Price, the importance of the Promotion, and the value of Paperwork. The interaction with the Instructors and other students was very helpful and I am now very confident of coming up with a sustainable project.
Brazil. Arlete changed her career to have more time with her family. As a result, she was able to complete her MBS and now she wants to become a Success Ambassador.
My name is Arlete Luzia Strey, I live in Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil. I have an Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree in Pedagogy and I was a teacher for 15 years. I knew about the Interweave Solutions and the MBS course by Success Ambassador Sidnei do Nascimento. I decided to take this course to learn how to become self-reliant and develop the tools to become more organized, and be more successful with my beauty parlor. In 2014, my daughters were teenagers and I felt the necessity to be more present in their lives, so I decided to make a change in my career by taking a hairdressing and hair aesthetics course.
Today I have my own beauty parlor, called I9hair Salon, in the garage of my house, and in this way I can have time with my daughters and my husband, take care of my plants, and study. This course helped me to have more control of my business and to improve some areas of my life, mainly the financial side, recreation with my family, and also expanded my vision towards my community, making me understand better the needs of everyone around me. Now it is time to keep going towards success! I really want to share with other people everything I’ve learned with MBS, being a SUCCESS Ambassador!
“(…) the MBS course from Interweave Solutions gave me an even clearer vision of how I can serve the community (…)”
My name is Pedro Henrique Baptista de Oliveira, from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. In 1996 I started my path in the food industry by taking a course in the area, from a school called Escola Técnica Federal de Química do Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the course, I decided to expand my knowledge and I got another degree in Food Engineering from Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV-MG).
Before graduating I was approved in a public contest for the Instituto de Laticínios Cândido Tostes, one of the most renowned institutions in the dairy industry in Latin America. However, this was not enough for me and I decided to work as an independent consultant, thus managing to set up more than 10 food and dairy factories. With this I discovered the incredible world of ‘”turn-key” project engineering, that is, a new concept in contracting services. With this, I realized that many farmers suffered from the difficulty of building a large masonry factory. Then, as an “opinion maker” in my area, in 2017 I received a contact via SKYPE from a company in Israel that presented me with a container cheese factory project. I realized the great opportunity to help small farmers to have their agribusiness so I created the startup called MODULAGRO. These are ecological, intelligent, easily assembled, and affordable modular projects that enable small producers and rural communities to have their own space for growing and producing food. Together with this project, we created the MODULAGRO Food Bank, which allows the reuse of vegetables that are lost between the field and the consumer, thus avoiding a loss of 30% to 40% of the harvest. This reused material is processed and transformed into jams, soups, juices, broths, dehydrated products, etc. that are supplied to social organizations, low-income communities, homeless people, nursing homes, etc. Even with the academic background I already have, and with the business in progress, the MBS course at Interweave Solutions gave me an even clearer vision of how I can serve the community and, along with MODULAGRO’s projects, change the lives of so many people. In order to do so, the next step will be to complete the Success Ambassador course to carry out my project.
Peru. “At first it was difficult for me to understand the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) course, but overtime I was able to learn how business management can help through savings, family, and how one can help others without neglecting one’s own business.
The course helps you see other perspectives of our own lives in being able to improve it despite having difficulties like everyone has now because of the pandemic. A lot depends on one’s willpower, faith, and belief in God who gives us strength to be able to overcome the obstacles that come up. I am thankful for the MBS course that helps in growing economically with effort and to be honest within our own business and in our personal lives.” – Christian Febres Veleasquez
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.
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.