MBS Certificates: 36
MBS JR Certificates: 2
SUCCESS AMBASSADORS: 13
Impact of the MBS Course in South Africa
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 South Africa.
Agree/Disagree | Before/After
I have my own business. | 55% / 81% I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 77% / 81% I serve in my community. | 29% / 66% I save money regularly. | 37% / 85% My family spends less than we earn. | 66% / 74% My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 62% / 74% I keep business records. | 25% / 81% My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 85% My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 85%
I have my own business. | 55% / 81%
I have a plan to improve my personal life. | 77% / 81%
I serve in my community. | 29% / 66%
I save money regularly. | 37% / 85%
My family spends less than we earn. | 66% / 74%
My family can afford the basic necessities of life. | 62% / 74%
I keep business records. | 25% / 81%
My business has improved because of the MBS course. | 0% / 85%
My income has increased because of the MBS course. | 0% / 85%
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