Jaime Leonel Giron
María Duarte Jimenez
Impact of the MBS Course in Guatemala
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 Guatemala.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 45% / 63%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 13% / 81%
I serve in my community. | 40% / 81%
I save money regularly. | 31% / 86%
My family spends less than we earn. | 13% / 81%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 36% / 77%
I keep business records. | 13% / 68%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 86%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 86%
Guatemala. Hello, I am Byron Ramirez of Guatemala. This course helped me clarify my business goals. A lot of times people start life plans, but almost never have a defined strategic plan for how to achieve their goals. The MBS clarifies and organizes our ideas by motivating us to investigate more concerning our businesses and other similar businesses in our community. This way you can identify strengths and weaknesses and write short-term, long-term, and mid-term goals on how to improve.
I am Byron Ramirez, and I was born in a family of 8 siblings. My father died when I was 2 years old, and when I was 4 my mother decided to go to the USA to work so my family would have a better life. This was very difficult for us. Being a family of 8 children without a father, our family situation presented daily challenges. Four years later, my mother was able to bring us to the USA. Our family life always presented financial challenges but despite all of that we pushed forward. Out of my 8 siblings, 4 of us graduated while the other 4 did not because they did not put forth the effort to study. I am now 36 years old and married with 2 beautiful children. I have always been passionate about entrepreneurship and I have now started the installation of a water purifier with a friend of mine. The MBS gives us better planning to strengthen our business so that we can accomplish the goals we have laid out for ourselves.
Guatemala. Maria is from a small village in Guatemala. A few years ago she participated in a workshop where she learned how to make cleaning products such as soap, lotions, and many other products. She would make the products in the morning and then in the afternoons she would volunteer in a soup kitchen in her community. However, after a while she realized that there was a lot of competition in the cleaning products industry so she started volunteering in a nearby village to help women learn how to cook. It was through this volunteer experience that she realized that there was a need for a product: a non-stick spray for tortilla pans.
Because of the world wide pandemic, the soup kitchen where she volunteered had to close. Her whole family was now at home looking for things to do. They decided to look for classes to take online in order to be productive with their time. Maria looked at a few classes but none of them met her expectations, until she saw our ad on Facebook. She almost immediately started the MBS course and after a while almost decided to stop the course because she realized she does not know how to use technology super well. Her friends, family and action partner encouraged her to keep going and said they were there to support her no matter what. She is now an MBS graduate and has started to sell her products in some of the stores in her community and plans on having it in the surrounding areas as well. Her dream is to have her own company.
We are very proud of Maria and cannot wait to see her fulfill her dream!