Brazil. “My name is Bianca Rodrigues, I live in Goiânia GO Brazil, I have a degree in Pedagogy with specialization in Psychopedagogy and I am currently attending a graduate school in Social Psychology and Anthropology at Faculdade Metropolitana de Ribeirão Preto. I have been through five pregnancies, but unfortunately, due to cytomegalovirus problems, medical errors, and spontaneous abortion, I lost four babies, a boy and three girls. I lived many moments of loneliness, hopelessness, physical and emotional pain, and also helplessness. At that time, my son was held back in school, and also lived several moments of sadness, depression and hopelessness. I am currently married, but have been through two divorces that left my son and I financially helpless.
I am now 50 years old and have always tried to subsidize my financial life through my work, but I have failed. My only son, who has managed to survive these difficulties, is now 33 years old. Because of my inability to support myself and also my son, I have caused him an insecurity that keeps him away from me and makes him believe that I am not capable of providing for us. He currently lives with my mother and trusts her a lot. But this causes me great suffering, a huge feeling of failure and impotence. No matter how much I have looked for new opportunities in the job market, I have failed time after time, which causes me more suffering and feelings of disapproval as a woman, mother and human being capable of maintaining her own life, financially speaking.
I have already invested in courses, lectures, conferences, and many books trying to be well with myself and to be successful in my profession as a pedagogist, but everything has been a failure on a financial level. I went through many necessities, restrictions, and suffered deeply hearing my son say he was hungry and I didn’t have a single penny to give him at that moment. There were many hopeless years and I felt very angry at myself, at life, at God, and at my parents for being better than me at financially supporting my son.During this time I was working in a private school, but my income was not enough to provide for both of us, not even to maintain the basics.All this caused me a lot of pain and an overwhelming feeling of helplessness, and these traumatic moments of loss have also contributed to my emotional and financial imbalance. I know what it is like to feel my stomach burning with hunger, seeing various establishments around me selling food when I couldn’t feed myself because I did not have enough money for it.During this journey I met Cynthya Freitas who became a great friend. A while ago, in a time of great need, she offered me material help, and recently, she introduced me to Interweave Solutions’ MBS course.
Self-reliance is all that I have ever sought for my life and for my family, and it was with great satisfaction that I finished the first phase of the MBS course. I feel that I am starting a new phase of success in my life, because I intend to put into practice everything I have learned in each unit of the course. I intend to organize myself financially, save every day “even if it’s just one or two coins”, improve my quality of life, take notes, plan, and above all, seek support in self-reliance groups as well as the support of the Interweave Solutions team. I feel that the next steps will come with the hope that from this moment on I will be able to achieve self-reliance and will also be able to teach several people how to achieve it for themselves. I will make my failure my success, and maybe that of many people as well. I have a great interest in working with groups and I want to start the Success Ambassador training as soon as possible. I want to show this path of success to other people as soon as the pandemic allows. After all, everyone deserves to succeed, everyone has skills and talents that need to be developed. This is my goal as Success Ambassador for Interweave Solutions.”
Peru. Carlos is one of our Success Ambassadors from Peru. He has grown a lot since finishing both the MBS and the Success Ambassador courses. Here is how the MBS course helped him create his own business.
“After finishing the MBS program, I have learned new tools, which I consider to be very useful in order to appropriately negotiate and manage a business. We learned how to set goals, prioritize, and find balance in our lives through the Quality of Life Wheel. As a result of finishing the MBS program, I started the process of forming a new business, a company dedicated to training and consultation. Currently, I find myself in the phase of making and presenting the required documents for the state so I can establish it. My goal is that through this business, the locals in my city can be trained and acquire the necessary knowledge to improve their employment and financial situation, and by so doing, improve the conditions of our community and city. On the other side of things, I am also carrying out volunteer activities. For example, I am part of the program, “Free to Create Opportunities,” which fulfills the call for locals to donate books they no longer use that are in good condition. They are sent, organized, and distributed to different schools. I also formed part of the group Scout 167 – San Josemaria, attended by boys and girls from age 7 to 21. Through the scout movement, they are taught in playful ways about values, teamwork, and community service. It is a volunteer activity, very exhausting to be sure, but gratifying because it allows us to work with the younger generation and find ways to improve things in our community through them. I consider it to be my way of leaving a legacy for our society and trying to make the world a better place for the next generation.”
Benin. Charbel is one of our Success Ambassador Mentors from Benin. He received his Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) certificate in 2020, and 3 months after becoming a Success Ambassador he started his own MBS group. After 3 months of hard work, each of his participants received their own MBS certificate and were able to have a graduation ceremony on January 16th, 2021. We are beyond excited for Charbel and each of his 20 MBS graduates!
Most of Charbel’s participants are students but were still willing to take the course. The group met every Saturday for 3 months and everyone would always come prepared, ready, and focused to learn how to become self-reliant. From the second month on, each of the participants started their own business and started earning real income. Charbel was so excited to see his students progress that he would go to each of the participant’s homes to see how they were doing and if they needed his help. Charbel says that they spent those 3 months as a family and will be a family forever.
Democratic Republic of Congo. John is the owner of a company in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He works in the commercial industry selling vehicles, clothing, and providing event services. He is a Success Ambassador that wants to encourage everyone to take the MBS course.
Through the MBS course he found a way to improve his business that has brought him great success. His company did not keep Income and Expense Logs, which is used to keep track of money earned and spent. Whenever he had a family emergency, for example, he would take money from his company since he didn’t have a salary. Because of this, he never saw much improvement with his business. It wasn’t until he took the MBS course that he realized the importance of keeping track of his income and expenses and of separating his money from the company’s money. John saw a complete change in his business since implementing this principle, and the turnover increased remarkably in just one month.
In his words, “I want to encourage all new MBS students and those who are interested in taking the course to not hesitate because it really is the path that leads to success, autonomy, and stability. The MBS course is a great program because it helps everyone even if we have nothing; It reminds us that we have a talent to cultivate and it helps us become businessmen.”
Brazil. Emanoele Santos is a 18 years old high school student who lives in the city of Padre Bernardo, Brazil. Even being so young, she is already running after her dream; to be a hairdresser and have her own beauty parlor. Emanoele took the MBS course and as a result she is now more confident and knows how to better manage and organize her business. Also, she has improved many areas of her personal life by applying the principles of the Quality of Life Wheel, which she learned in the MBS course. We believe in Emanoele’s talent and determination and this is her success story written by her.
“My name is Emanoele dos Santos Barros Coelho, I am 18 years old and I live in Padre Bernardo, Brazil. I am a freshman in High School, and I was introduced to the MBS course at Interweave Solutions by the Success Ambassador, Josinaldo Oliveira. I decided to take the course to learn how to become more self-reliant and to develop tools to help me be more organized in my business. I am a hairdresser and this course has helped me to have control over my Business as well as improve other areas of my life, outside of work. The experience was very good, and today I have control of my business and my personal life, something that I did not have before. I am more confident, and I want to share what I have learned with other people, so that they also get this knowledge through the MBS course. I now feel more capable and better prepared to manage my own business.”
Brazil. Joana has a clothing store in the city of Padre Bernardo, Brazil. She has always fought for her goals and always wanted to grow in business. She came to find the MBS course through the Success Ambassador, Josinaldo Oliveira. Through the principles taught in the course Joana learned that she needs to control and organize her business in order to make it successful. Read her success story!
“My name is Joana Venância Barros Oliveira, I am 35 years old, I am from Maranhão, Brazil and I have always fought to achieve my goals. I am married and nowadays, I live in Padre Bernardo, Goiás. It was very important for me to have participated in the MBS course. I have learned many principles that I am now applying in my business. The practical lessons of Administration are excellent. I am the owner of a clothing store, and I found this course through the Success Ambassador Josinaldo de Oliveira. In this course, I learned how to control the income and expenses in my business as well as many other things that have led me to be very pleased with my job. This course has enabled me to accomplish great things, and I have the greatest pleasure in indicating to everyone that they need to be self-reliant. The MBS course has led me to a high level of knowledge in eight very important areas of my life. If you want, you can also be more self-reliant; all you have to do is take the MBS course.”
Ivory Coast. “My name is Serge Kassi. I am a young 30-year-old Ivorian who aspires to become an entrepreneur and business leader. I discovered the MBS course while looking through my Facebook page. The ad caught my attention and I immediately signed up for the course to start the training. I must say that I didn’t always have the time to do it but I was able to progress and go through all the units of the course. I came out of this training equipped to set up my businesses, to have a better quality of life/home and determined to get involved in my community.
By observing the 6Ps of Business, I found the common thread that will lead me in this adventure. I am planning my business projects and today I am able to apply the principles of income and expense log on a daily basis as well as set up my income statement chart at the end of each month. This coming year I will keep track of my cash flow projection so that I can know how to manage my home in order to provide a better quality of life for my family and make better decisions. Finally, I will continue applying what I have learned, and I will work hard to motivate others to also put into practice all the important principles taught in the course. I aspire to become a Success Ambassador so that I can help others in my community. I am grateful for my Mentor who helped and encouraged me and for my online self-reliance group.”
Ecuador. Kathy Trujilo is a Chemical Engineer from Quito, Ecuador. The idea of creating her own business came after having a job as the Head of Automotive Glass Quality Control, where she was able to accomplish great goals. After being let go by the company, she looked for a new job for almost a year without any luck. At the same time, her husband was also struggling to find a job. After pondering about what they could do, Kathy and her husband decided to create their own businesses where they would be able to put all of their knowledge and skills. However, they did not know what they would do.
Since every house needs to be cleaned, they had the idea of creating cleaning products. Kathy’s knowledge in chemistry led them to find ways to improve the formulas for the cleaning products in a way that would make them more friendly for the environment and for the skin. Figuring out what to do was only part of the issue; the question now was how would they create their own businesses? One day they heard about the MBS course, which would provide them with the guidance they needed in order to fulfill their dream, which is now called TRUQUIM “the cleaning trick”. Kathy says she does not regret having taken the MBS course and that she now feels capable of having her own business and she values her family more and wants to help those around her.
Brazil. Isaías Santos works with perfume sales in Forquilha in Ceará, Brazil. He decided to take the MBS course to improve his sales and to learn how to better manage his business. Today he feels confident with his current business, he is growing in several areas of his life, and intends to participate more in his community. We are convinced that Isaías will soon become a Success Ambassador. Here is his testimony:
My name is Isaías da Silva Santos and I live in Forquilha in Ceará, Brazil. Taking the MBS course at Interweave Solutions was a game changer for me. I am currently working with imported perfumes sales. The practical concepts that I learned in the course will take me to a higher level. The things I learned in Unity 2 about knowing my competition, knowing and valuing my clients, and how to promote my business, are things that I already added to my business. The principles found in Unit 4 about Paperwork and Home Budgeting are things that I didn’t practice. Today I know that I can’t touch the money of my business; I need to save money regularly and I need to have a budget for myself and another one for my business. Income Statement, Cash Flow Projection were things that I lacked. Not to mention the improvement I have made in other areas of my life. The course awakened in me the desire to start a new business in the music industry since I am a musician. I will start teaching young people in my church and in my community how to play the guitar. If I apply the principles that I learned I will be successful. I am grateful to Interweave Solutions for this opportunity and I hope to become a Success Ambassador so that I can share this knowledge with many people.
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!
Democratic Republic of Congo. “I discovered a program that has had a great influence on my business, my home and the way I serve my community.”
My name is TANDIA BAKAL MUNTU JUNIOR, my father and mother passed away when I was very young. I stayed with a foster family, a poor family. Finding enough to meet daily needs was a challenge and it was from there that I decided to enter the informal economy to provide for my own needs with very little capital that was given to me from a friend out of compassion towards my situation.
After my professional nursing studies, finding a job was very difficult and I didn’t have the time or money to go to a university.
I had a small store, sold ice cream, and I was also a barber. I had a lot of customers but for some reason I wasn’t making any progress with my small business, which got me asking myself a lot of questions.
“why isn’t my business progressing?” This created a feeling of discouragement and anxiety, but I was still fighting to get out of this poverty. This question of concern to me remained unanswered for several years. But it seems to me that no matter how long the night, the day always appears; it is in 2015 that I became aware of a program that was going to answer my question and totally change my life “The Self-reliance Program from Interweave Solutions”
When I was introduced to this program, I immediately wanted to get involved and learn how to improve my business. A few months later I received my MBS certification.
During the course, my mind was enlightened and I realized that I lacked the knowledge and application of the principles necessary to move forward. I immediately decided to apply all the principles I had learned during the course by developing and implementing a business plan based on 6Ps, a quality of life plan and a community plan to become more self-reliant.
Thanks to this Interweave self-reliance program, I have found the principles I lacked to organize and advance my business, my life, and serve my community, and this makes me happy. My income and personal savings have increased and I have improved my quality of life and am serving my community.
Today, I am the owner of a commercial establishment, I have the legal documents for my establishment and I am proud to carry out my commercial activities.
The changes that have taken place in me as a result of this program have created a great desire in me to become a Successful Ambassador. I am convinced that I can extend this positive influence to many people.
Actively participating in this great mission of interweave solutions, that of moving people from poverty to prosperity through neighborhood self-reliance groups is today one of my deepest aspirations; that is to say that I am committed to helping individuals implement business, home and community plans to become self-reliant and receive their MBS certificate; thus helping them develop their businesses and improve their homes and communities.
And helping others is also a great way for me to make money at the same time by developing a profitable MBS business.
Brazil. After months of trying to penetrate Brazil, we finally have our first graduate in Brazil! His name is Josinaldo Oliveira.
Josinaldo is a pastor from a small town in Brazil, Padre Bernardo. He also owns and operates a small groceries store that has been struggling for quite some time. He saw our ad on facebook, and immediately recognized an opportunity to better his business. He decided to take our MBS program online and started learning ways to not only improve his business but to also improve his community and home life. Because of the MBS program, Josinaldo is more confident and organized in his business, and is already seeing a lot of improvements.
Words of Josinaldo: “ Now I am feeling very confident and capable to run my business, because I took the MBS course. I am sure that, just like me, several other people will also be able use the principles taught in the MBS course to achieve their goals”. Now Josinaldo is working on becoming a Success Ambassador, so that he can share what he has learned with others in his community. We are very proud of Josinaldo and all the progress he has made.
Haiti. Sterly is a young ambassador in Haiti who recently became a Success Ambassador, but his youth hasn’t stopped him from achieving greatness.
Covid-19 has negatively affected a lot of people, but Sterly has completed the training of two groups during this pandemic and we recently had the pleasure of attending the most organized and most effective online graduation we had ever seen. Sterly handled the meeting professionally. He played the national anthem, invited key speakers, and motivated his students. He conducted the ceremony in English and French.
Mexico. Maria Garcia started her work as a stylist when she 27 years old. She continued her work for over 22 years, when suddenly she was left without a job, unemployed. She couldn’t believe what had happened.
The cause of her unemployment? The coronavirus. Maria says that her way of thinking and even living changed drastically during this time of unemployment.
And then, her life changed. She heard of a course called Master of Business of in the Streets (MBS). Even though the idea of returning to study hadn’t even crossed her mind before that moment, she decided to sign up.
These are her words:
“When I started the classes, I realized that I could do something to change my situation. I learned to value myself more, and that even during difficult times we can keep moving forward… The MBS program taught me how to save, promote, distribute, crear and grow a business, how to manage that business, and so much more!
“Thanks to this course, my business is up and running, and is successful! I bought material and a second-hand sewing machine and got to work. Now that I knew how to run a business, I wasn’t afraid. I began to make masks!
“Now I dedicate myself to making and selling masks, something vital in our society today during these difficult times. When some people close doors on us during this pandemic, we can open door and innovate during this time of crisis.
“It was so relieving to me to have this source of income, now that my hair salon will not open for quite some time because of the virus. I am thankful for the MBS program for the help and support that it gave me. I am also thankful that this program empowers women to take charge of their own small business. The teachings I learned are invaluable.”
We are so proud of Maria and amazed by her ability to apply what she learned in our program. She taught us that the MBS doesn’t only save jobs, it can help save lives!
Honduras. Victor Vega is 30 years old, lives in Honduras, and has a successful business that he runs with is wife. But that wasn’t always the case.
A few years ago he and his wife started their small baking business. Unfortunately, he had to work another job in order to make sufficient money for the family. The income from the baking business just didn’t make ends meet. His new job didn’t fulfill his expectations, but it gave them enough to survive. Victor wanted to help his wife with their shared business, so he would work nights making cakes and breads after working his other day job. They spent three years following this schedule.
A the end of 2019, Victor and his wife finally decided to dedicate themselves completely to growing and improving their baking business. These are his words:
“I quit my job, and we start to use social media and other surveys to learn how we could better our business. In January, I received an email from Interweave Solutions inviting me to participate in their (MBS) course. This course was a great help, because it taught me how to keep records, how to budget, how to study my competition, and above all it taught me that I have to give my ALL to the business if I want it to grow. Today, our business help us to be self-reliant, and our income is even higher than it was when I was working two jobs!”
Although Victor and his wife’s baking business is small, his victory is not. A big congratulations to Victor and his wife for giving their all to growing their business and making it better! You are both proof that the MBS course changes lives.
Kenya. John Lutomia from Kenya prayed for 3 months to find a way to help his community before he found a Facebook ad promoting the Interweave Master of Business in the Streets program. He signed up for the course and fell in love with the curriculum. Wanting to do more, he continued his training to become a Success Ambassador (a facilitator or teacher of the MBS course to people in his local area). The Success Ambassador course requires that you facilitate and graduate a pilot group as a part of your training.
John Lutomia had at first invited 10 people, but he found out that about 30 people were wanting to come to the meeting. He decided to hold the meeting in a bigger venue so everyone could fit comfortably. To his surprise, on the opening day of his pilot group, 72 people showed up and attentively listened and participated.
The Master of Business in the Streets course doesn’t just change one life, our business model allows it to have an exponential growth and positively affect the lives of hundreds, even thousands.
Congratulations, John! May you continue blessing, serving and changing your community through this program!
Mali. Co-founder of Interweave Solutions, Lynn Curtis, recently had the privilege of traveling to the great country of Mali. Upon his return, he had so many wonderful stories to share about the wonderful people he met and the experiences he was able to share with them. There were over 5 villages represented during the course trainings, reliance groups were started, a women’s association developed, and over 20 participants graduated from the MBS program.More
Haiti. “My name is Emmanuel Paul. I am from a rural region of Haiti. I completed my studies in Food Science and Technology in 2016. I co-founded a corporation in 2016 that works with farmers and rural women on agro-entrepreneurship and agro-processing to create added value on farms in northern Haiti. I discovered a Facebook posting describing the “Master in the Street” course in October 2019, and I quickly grasped the opportunity.
Nigeria. “My name is Mercy. I am Nigerian, a mother of four and a business owner. I was introduced to Interweave Solutions by a Success Ambassador Mr. Yusuf. Prior to the time I was very sad on how I spend so much without being able to account for it. My business was not flourishing and
had to close down business because it was not providing as much as I wanted. I was thinking on how to make my business work, be able to spend wisely and save money for the things I wanted to do. I found myself needing professional help. It was at this point that Mr Yusuf told me about Interweave Solutions. I visited the website and jumped at it.
Mexico. “In one of our literacy self-reliance groups in Chiapas, Mexico, there lives a woman named Maria. She is sixty years old but eagerly started attending the group because it has been her dream to learn how to read and write. Even though she just started attending the group only a few weeks ago, she now knows how to write her name, the vowels, and is diligently learning the rest of the letters in the alphabet. She says that finally learning to read and write has brought her more joy than she knew was possible.”More
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.
Nigeria. Peace struggled to find a job in her local area for a long time. She finally decided to start a business as a hairdresser, but when her shop started to fail financially, and she became depressed. Peace was incredibly discouraged at the life she had been handed. But one day, her dear friend invited her to take the Master of Business in the Streets self-reliance course. Within weeks, Peace was able to learn principles to apply to her hair salon to improve the state of her business. At the end of the course a few months later, Peace was empowered with knowledge and was able to make her salon self-sustaining. Because of her great success in her salon, she decided to start a second business doing laundry, which she saw as a need in her community.
This business is also flourishing. She has since hired several employees and is successfully managing the two businesses. She tearfully admitted that she can’t even believe she is the same woman that she was before.More
Lome, Togo. After receiving his Success Ambassador certification only a few months ago, Azedzi Ganyo worked hard to gather his friends and colleagues, tell them how the MBS program had impacted his life, and invite them to have a similar experience by joining his new MBS group. Some people came, and some even brought their friends, until Azedzi found himself with a group of 15 dedicated learners, who have since completed the MBS program and improved their quality of life.
Azedzi said the program had a good impact in the life of each participant, but most notably he shared a few specific experiences that were highlighted in the graduation ceremony last week.
One of his participants had been working as the manager of a relative’s business, but found it difficult to have the time and resources to take care of his own family. As he learned about the Quality of Life wheel, he realized that all aspects of his life were interrelated and that he had the power to control all of them. So he shared the things he was learning with his wife and they started building a new plan. They opened a business selling eggs and have concrete plans to turn it into a bigger poultry farm, which will allow the time and income to be successful in business, home and community.
Another man said that he had taken entrepreneurship courses before, but had never heard anything so simple and practical as the 6Ps of business that the MBS course taught. He also shared his findings with his wife and together, they started keeping records and have plans to start up a new business.
Watching and helping so many people improve their businesses, their families and their communities is inspiring. Azedzi said, “As a Success Ambassador, I get a great feeling; I do not know how to express it. My emotion was so high when they bear these testimonies. I have been able to change those persons lives through the MBS program; we were with them always, made follow-up, and helped them in their challenges. I think I will do more with others.”
He and his partners are pleased with the success they have seen, but they are not satisfied. They continue working to help these people maintain the self-reliance they have found. “At the end, I see that they became all very responsible. They wanted to do something better. For that reason, we are about to sign some partnership with some Microfinance Institution so that it can sponsor them for the realization of their projects.”
At Interweave, our mission is to strengthen the businesses, homes and communities of those who take our courses, improving the overall quality of life, and we seek to make positive changes permanent. This group in Togo exemplifies these values and we are so excited to continue watching them grow.
Haiti. Like many Ambassadors, when Jean Godenson came in contact with Interweave Solutions, he had no idea how it would impact his life. He was working in North Sudan and traveling back to Haiti every few months to visit his wife and young son. As he searched for work opportunities for an educated Haitian, he came across Interweave at a freelancing job site, looking for help translating some materials into French Creole. As he worked on translating the materials, Jean realized there might be more for him and the people in Haiti. He said “We did the work and I loved the materials and asked how I could get involved. Here I am today as the first Interweave Success Ambassador in Haiti. What a beautiful and exciting journey!”
After going through the MBS course and the Success Ambassador course for himself, Jean became Interweave’s only Success Ambassador in the Caribbean. “Becoming a success Ambassador is an answer to my prayers asking God to connect me with like-minded people and an organization in Haiti to help move people from poverty to self reliance and prosperity. I am excited for the opportunity to share vividly something that will change lives for the better. It did make a huge impact on mine, and it is still improving, as I practice the godly principles in those trainings.”
Jean is currently facilitating a group of 40 youth who will graduate in December.
Utah. The old saying goes, “Many hands make light work”, and our partnership with Eagle Condor has helped us in this since we began working with them back in 2012.
Eagle Condor is an NGO that aims to eradicate poverty in South America. Using four Pillars of Self-Reliance– Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Career Development– they help people gain and retain the abilities to support themselves, their families, and their communities.
Because their mission compliments our own, we have partnered with them to use Interweave’s own Masters of Business in the Streets material. Using our curriculum, Eagle Condor has graduated hundreds of people from their program in Peru. We love seeing how other NGOs can use our material to bring about our mission: building self-reliance.
At the recent United Nations Conference in Salt Lake City, we were lucky to be able to meet representatives of Eagle Condor Peru in person, and present to them their Success Ambassador Certificates in recognition of their completion of the MBS and Success Ambassador courses. We are thrilled to make this progress with Eagle Condor and continue to work with them to promote self-reliance everywhere!
Benin. After many hours of planning and preparation, we were finally blessed to gather as an Interweave family in the beautiful nation of Benin, to receive training and strengthen relationships between Success Ambassadors from all over Africa. We had representation from Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Liberia, for a total of 45 Ambassadors plus members of the Interweave Board and Donors from the United States.
The conference lasted from Thursday to Saturday and included activities such as get-to-know-you games and icebreakers, trainings, meals, talent shows and local MBS graduations. Ambassadors have consistently reported that their favorite thing about the conference was the opportunity to interact with people from so many different places and learn from their cultures and perspectives. One Ambassador said “Attending this conference helped me first to strengthen my understanding of the methodology of teaching. Second, I’ve learned from others experiences, namely Mr. Exodus from Nigeria, Mr. Franky from Cameroon, and Mr. Kazotti from Benin. Finally it helped me take my first action as a Success Ambassador of Burkina Faso. In fact during my stay in hotel, I’ve been working on my Action Plan, now I know how to start, where to start, with whom to start, and when to start.”
We are so excited to see the immediate impact this conference made on so many lives and hope it will be a source of strength to them as they strive to build self-reliance in their respective areas.
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.
Togo. There are over 360,000 orphans in Togo, due to many health and economic conditions. One MBS group in Togo recognized the need of these children and decided to build their community service project around them. They arrived at the orphanage and assisted in cleaning and organizing the home, as well as provided food and supplies to the children.
At Interweave Solutions, we know that success comes not only from pulling ourselves out of poverty, but helping others along the way. As one MBS graduate said, “The MBS is no good if you keep it to yourself. I want to share it and make a bigger impact. It’s about giving back in life and not limit it to only yourself.”
Honduras. Ambassador Jonathan Rodriguez led his youth group in a community service project, cleaning and cultivating a municipal nursery in his community. Many students participated and shared their thoughts about the project as well as the MBS program. One of the students commented that through community service, students and future professionals like them reflect a positive image to society. “Community service is very important, it’s good for people.” He explained how much he had learned through his MBS studies, especially about the Quality of Life Plan and the importance of saving regularly, which he had never considered before.
Another student expressed her gratitude to everyone who made it possible for the MBS program to reach them. “Our country is a country of scarce economic resources and that is why we are here in a public school but the fact that we are in a public school allows us to participate in a program like this and I know that someday we will be successful people thanks to the support they gave us.”
Her friend added, “I hope it’s not just here in our country but in different countries around the world so that other young people can learn about this training because it helps each one of us so much.”
Quito, Ecuador. Don Luis cleans and shines shoes on the street, making between 7-8 dollars a day. For many years, he has used a good portion of this money to satisfy his alcohol addiction. However, as he recently began taking the MBS course offered to him by a fellow street vendor, he realized the importance of saving money and has significantly reduced his alcohol consumption. Not only does he have more money to invest in his business and meet his personal needs, but this change of lifestyle has played a role in improving his home life and family relationships.
Lagos, Nigeria. Victoria is married to a Success Ambassador. She watched her husband facilitate self-reliance groups and she was a witness to the success he had in helping people start and grow their businesses. She was never opposed to the program, but she “never took it seriously” either; she just didn’t feel any connection. Then, after some complications in her own business, she found herself in financial crisis. She reached out to a local micro-finance bank, hoping to receive enough funding to save her business and help provide for her family. But when the bank asked for a copy of her cashflow statement, she had nothing to show. She knew this was something her husband taught regularly in his MBS courses, so she sought his assistance.
“[He] drew my attention to the benefits of the MBS program once again. Immediately the class started… and I quickly keyed into it. I must state that the past two months have been very amazing. Now I can be able to monitor the progress of my business, I understand how to plan and actualize my budget. I now know how to calculate my income and expense log and also to produce a cash flow analysis. The 6P’s have given me a simplistic insight on how to produce a business plan without the much ado.”
Victoria continues, “My quality of life has greatly improved. In fact, not a day passes by without my calling extended and immediate family to check on how they are doing. This Interweave experience has helped me impact positively on my home, and my business now has a very great record and is progressing.”
She thanks her husband and Success Ambassador for “his fervent desire to ensure that all who come in contact with him succeed” and explains that she “gained additional ideas during the trainings as if God were just sending them to [her] through him.”
We love to see that the MBS program not only helps people improve their business when they need it most, but that it provides opportunity to strengthen important relationships and inspires them to grow in all areas of life. This is true success.
Nigeria. Yusuf Bala received a degree in Business Administration from Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, but had never been able to make ends meet. He says he had always been dependent on his brothers, but he wanted to provide for himself. He came across the MBS program and it looked like it could be the answer, but he worried because course was introduced in Nigeria through a notable Christian pastor and Yusuf was Muslim.
After attending a few of the initial classes, members of Yusuf’s family found out that he was associated with this Christian group and thought it was an indication that he had been converted from their traditional Islam faith. Yusuf says, “When my eldest brother got to know about it… he was furious and told me to stop going. I told the brother who introduced me to Interweave… that I won’t be able to end the course with all of them. He was furious and went mad by telling me ‘Your destiny is in your hands, so you have a choice to decide.’ After missing two classes, I thought about the whole scenario and summoned the courage to attend class regularly.”
Yusuf reflects on the life-changing improvements he’s been able to make in his business and in his everyday life, due to the training of the MBS course. Most notably, he is thankful for the additional knowledge he gained regarding the 6Ps of business, keeping an income and expense log, cash flow projections and simply saving money daily. He says each of these principles is “a vital aspect that had broadened [his] knowledge on achieving in business.”
Yusuf graduated from the MBS course in June 2019, alongside his Christian friend who introduced him to the course. He is now “gainfully employed with the establishment of [his] own Cassava farm” and within the next few months is expecting to make significant profit with his first harvest. He reflects, “I am enjoying every bit of my new venture because I can see prosperous future in my new calling as a farmer, and the same brother of mine had been a pillar of encouragement since he saw the manual of the course and its contents.”
Thanks to supportive family, friends and Interweave team and a courageous personal decision, Yusuf was able to overcome difficult circumstances and reach outside his comfort zone in order to improve his home, business and community.
***Note: Interweave Solutions is not affiliated with nor do we promote any specific religious or political group.
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!
Mali. Co-founder and Executive Director, Lynn Curtis, returned recently from a successful trip to Mali, where he trained a group of 26 native Malians in the MBS program. They have all submitted their paperwork and have been approved to receive their MBS certificates later in July. These humble and hardworking entrepreneurs worked for three days straight in temperatures reaching 107° F to receive the training necessary and complete their business, home and community plans.
Eight of these participants stayed to learn how to facilitate these same materials among their family and friends. Although working via the internet is nearly impossible, they are excited and willing to do what it takes to become Success Ambassadors and share what they’ve learned with their families and friends. In this extra training, they taught each other the principles they had learned and even got to practice facilitating a make-shift group of MBS participants, including a community celebrity.
Lynn said, “The father of one of the trainees is a very famous former mayor and happened to show up at just the right moment. We persuaded him to be a sample participant. He arrived in full ceremonial dress and all the trainees were starstruck and nervous to facilitate a group with such a bigshot in it. But they rose to the occasion and everyone had such a good experience learning and laughing together. I was really proud of our potential success ambassadors.”
He continues by explaining the intimate welcome he received into the family compound when his travel plans fell through. We are inspired by the humble conditions and hearty generosity of our Interweave family in Mali.
“Last night we had a complicated mix-up with my hotel and transportation, and the group insisted we stay in the family compound (close to the training site) of the local guy who helped organize the training. The finest they had to offer was so humble and shared with so many extended family members. It was camping out with lots of strangers and humbly reminded me of all the daily life luxuries (running water, a bed, privacy, a fan in extreme heat) that I take for granted.”
Togo. A couple months ago we shared some pictures of the MBS group in Togo. Since that inicial push, we have seen incredible progress throughout Togo and just recently certified 7 more Success Ambassadors in the country! We are excited, both with the quantitative growth as well as the quality of dedicated and hardworking Success Ambassadors joining our international team! Here are some reasons why these great people wanted to become Success Ambassadors:
“The reason that I want to be a Success Ambassador is because I want to be an example of success and help those who are around me get training. My favorite part about the MBS course was how it taught you to make a report for your expenses. I now have a very clear idea about my financial situation. I also helped my wife in her small cooking business as she decided what products to choose and I taught her about the 6P’s. Now she and I are both happy and successful.”
“It was a challenge for me to take the MBS course and try to acheive self-reliance. For that reason, I want to become a Success Ambassador, to challenge myself to remain self-reliant and to teach and challenge others to do the same. My favorite part of the mBS course was that I learned how to make a report of my expenses. I know now how to use my money more wisely.”
Ecuador. Last week members of our team gathered with Success Ambassadors from around the world for the second annual Interweave Convention. There were about 30 Success Ambassadors representing Colombia, Chile, Turkey, Ecuador and the Unites States. Through bonding activities and training workshops, Interweave partners were able to grow together and really come to appreciate each others’ efforts and sacrifices.
“We really grew to feel like a family. We played games together, learned together, ate together, cried together. We supported one another… [and] heard inspirational testimonies of how the MBS has affected lives.” – Audrey Burton, Director of Operations
“What we have here is an incredibly beneficial cause for human beings. We have created a beautiful monster that is going to change the world.” – Mao Gomez, Success Ambassador
“I am amazed. Honestly, I have been reminded this week that we must strive for success, without limits.” – Gisele, Special Guest
Lomé, Togo. Success Ambassadors in Benin have been training a man in the MBS course from the neighboring country of Togo. Now this participant has become a Success Ambassador himself and has started his own group. Here are some photos of the first MBS group in Togo!
Togo. Success Ambassadors in Benin have been training a man in the MBS course from the neighboring country of Togo. Now this participant has become a Success Ambassador himself and has started his own group. Here are some photos of the first MBS group in Togo!More
Ecuador. Hernan is 74 years old and he is an MBS student in Ecuador. He had never before used a computer but through the patient mentorship of his Success Ambassador, he has learned basic technology skills. His Ambassador reports that Hernan “is making a great effort to advance in the Success Platform. He is motivated and we support him so that he can advance his progress. Hernan is an example for us all!”
Hernan is one of many around the world who are learning to use this new program management system. At the beginning of 2019, we released this Success Platform to help us keep track of MBS groups and records in so many countries. As an organization we are always trying to improve, and even here in the central office we can improve our self-reliance. In the last two months we’ve had almost 20 groups registered, and continue to see more progress every day. We continue to encourage Ambassadors everywhere to register their groups online so we can see our progress as an International Family.
Ecuador. “My name is Gueisel and I am 40 years old. My story begins when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and it brought a lot of sadness. Because of this trial, however, I began to sell desserts and empanadas y it turned out to be very successful. I sold 400 empanadas in two days. I never expected to sell so much and that’s when I decided to create my own business.
“My friend Rocio invited me to take a course that would help me improve my business; it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. They taught me how to have a successful business. It was unforgettable and I learned that nothing could defeat me, not even the fear of moving forward. I made friends with the same abilities and capacities that I had. I am grateful for the MBS program for giving me this amazing experience.”
Uganda. Margaret Nelson is a retired RN from Washington State. Throughout her career she gained experience in clinical and community health, working with refugees and low-income populations. These experiences prepared her to move to Africa after her retirement, where she served on short-term mission trips and worked in local health clinics. She decided she wanted to do more so she settled down in a small village in Uganda, started building herself a house and developing plans to make a difference in the lives of the people she was getting to know. She worked with a few different NGOs, including a few that she started on her own, but never found the success she was seeking.
After coming across Interweave’s MBS program, she decided that partnering her NGO with Interweave would help her make a real difference. She is currently taking the MBS course for herself while simultaneously facilitating a small group consisting of local church members. We love seeing people make their dreams a reality through Interweave’s programs!
Cameroon. We are so excited about the progress we’ve made around the world and want to share some photos of one of our recent Success Ambassador graduations. Merlin Saha graduated as a Success Ambassador, but due to his remote location, we held his graduation ceremony via an online video conference. It was a great experience to remind us that there are no limitations or restrictions to the success of an individual. We adapt to the situations we are handed and when we do so we can achieve great things! Good work Merlin!More
Ecuador. In every meeting at Interweave Solutions, we recite the “7 values”, which are crucial if we are to uphold our mission. The first of these values is one of the most important: Mutual Respect for All.
One Success Ambassador in Ecuador shows that she is willing to go out of her way to make sure everyone has an equal chance to benefit from the MBS program. As she started teaching the class, Ambassador Chio Zuñiga came in contact with the yard worker of one of her students. His name was Patricio. Because Chio is so passionate about the work she does with Interweave, she invited him to participate in her class. When he arrived, she noticed he was very quiet and to some degree seemed to have a learning disability. He didn’t know how to read, but carried an enthusiasm that ran deeper than his disadvantage.
Chio has always worked hard to make everyone feel included in her groups, but Patricio was a unique case. It was difficult for him to understand all of the business concepts, but Chio found that if she stayed after class to explain the ideas in a simpler way, he would give thoughtful answers and could commit to action steps. For example, numbers and records can get complicated, but the principles of spending less than you earn and not stealing from your business are much easier to visualize. Chio said “he understands the concepts when he feels our genuine concern.”
Thanks to the support of a caring Success Ambassador as well as that of his peers, Patricio now has a name and logo for his car repair business and his group is working on helping him strengthen his social media presence. “It’s just the result of loving what we do in this program,” Chio commented. We hope that everywhere Interweave is present, the world can clearly see the value of the individual and the potential we each have when treated as equals and given opportunity, despite our differences.
Uganda. Ruth is an example of the success that can come from applying the principles of the MBS program, no matter where you are in the world. She has seen the 6P’s of business improve and grow her chicken business in many ways. Like all entrepreneurs, she started small, but now her business regularly houses over 2000 chickens and is constantly growing. Ruth shared with us how two specific principles she learned from the MBS program have helped her improve her business.
- Paperwork: Keeping records is one of the important principles learned in the MBS course. Ruth says that as her business grows, she is careful to stay up-to-date with her income and expense logs. Because they have been so successful, they were able to help support a local friend through school. She graduated in accounting and is now working full-time keeping these financial records for Ruth.
- Product: When talking about what sets her business apart from her competition, Ruth says “the quality of our products is our number one promotion highlight. Whoever buys from us can’t go anywhere else.” Evidently, Ruth is aware of her customers and her competition and because of that, she has been able to create a product that exceeds expectation.
Beyond the success of the business itself, Ruth and her team have been acting as mentors to a local church youth group, seeking to establish their own chicken business. They have offered support, partnership, and training as these young entrepreneurs financed and learned how to use new tools and products to create a successful business. With such encouragement, they are now ready to start making money.
They have not been without challenges and setbacks, but by maintaining their vision and working hard to overcome difficulty, Ruth and her family have been successful in moving towards prosperity and self-reliance.
Cameroon. In June of last year, we posted on this blog about our newest Success Ambassador, Francky Adjomo, from Cameroon. In the last 7 months he’s been working hard to strengthen his MBS business and this month it finally paid off and he celebrated the graduation of his first self-reliance group! We are so excited to see him making such a difference in his community in Cameroon! Best of luck to Francky as he continues finding and training participants in the Masters of Business Program!More
Benin. Jean Ahowekoun and Charles Nouatin are our two newest Success Ambassadors in Benin! They were both certified as Success Ambassadors within the last few months and are already seeing progress in the groups they have started. They are working especially with a group of women, some of which don’t even have basic reading skills, but they report that the women are eager to learn and improve their lives!
They started a second group in the last couple weeks, training students at a local university. They just had their first meeting and are excited to work with these young entrepreneurs as well! Charles explains that “it [is] a pleasure to help our community.”
Portugal. For a long time, Interweave Solutions has been focusing our efforts in many parts of Latin America and Africa, and we hadn’t seen as much growth in Europe and North America. However, we recently received a report from our Success Ambassador in Portugal with some fantastic updates about her progress there! Here is some of her exciting news!
- She has recently started a pilot MBS group in a poor area outside of Lisbon. These will be some of the first MBS graduates we have in Europe and will be key to growing the MBS program there.
- She is in communication with the director of the community center in that area about the possibility of facilitating more training through their institution.
- She is working hand in hand with a friend to train 3 new people across the globe in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (more then 5,000 miles from her home). All three of them are directors of schools or institutions that could implement the program among their students in the future.
We are so excited to see the growth of Interweave throughout the world and to see the way it connects people of different backgrounds and cultures!
Democratic Republic of the Congo. A group in the Congo has taken the 6P’s of the MBS program and created a business growing and selling peppers in their local market! As a reminder, the 6P’s are:
PLAN, PRODUCT, PROCESS, PRICE, PROMOTION, and PAPERWORK.
We love seeing the application of these principles around the world, moving people from poverty to prosperity.More
Cameroon. We have seen exciting progress throughout the last couple months in Cameroon. Success Ambassador Medjo Olivier has been working to create partnerships with various ministries and is looking forward to receiving substantial sponsorship from the Department of Origin in the coming year! Just in the last few weeks, Medjo has started training new participants in addition to the official group he started in the middle of October.More
Kenya. Jude Nwachukwu, a Success Ambassador from Liberia, recently met up with pastors from around Africa to attend a two week conference in Kenya. While there, he completed a 10-day MBS training for a participant who has since had his paperwork approved, received his MBS certificate and is working towards becoming our first Success Ambassador in Kenya.
Jude also met other pastors from Zambia and Sierra Leone (pictured below), who are both interested in taking the MBS program to their countries. One of them already has a group of 60 willing and excited to take the MBS course in Sierra Leone. We are so excited for the progress in Africa and so grateful for Success Ambassadors that represent Interweave well at all times. It’s because of people like Jude that we can grow and expand into new nations.
Monrovia, Liberia. Back at home, Jude has been working tirelessly with his own MBS groups. He’s currently facilitating two groups, with about 90 participants total! He works with one group in the city where he lives and regularly makes a 2-3 hour taxi trip to the interior of the country to train his other group of over 50 participants. Both are progressing quickly towards graduation.
Democratic Republic of the Congo. Success Ambassadors in the Congo have been working hard and the fruits have finally been harvested! Here was a graduation of a group sponsored by the Canadian University of the Congo. There are two more groups preparing to graduate in the coming months and a new “Center for Autonomy and MBS Services,” which they created as part of the course in order to help spread the program to the community.
Ecuador. Dean Curtis, co-founder of Interweave Solutions recently traveled to South America to celebrate two exciting MBS Graduations in Ecuador and Colombia. Over 50 people in these two countries received their MBS Certifications! Our Success Ambassadors have been working hard to facilitate the progress of these participants along the road to self-sufficiency.
Guyana. The MBS program focuses on 3 areas in which we can improve: business, home, and community. Interweave Guyana recently partnered with the local police station and a local church to participate in a service project to improve street conditions and erect some new road signs. As an organization that strives to strengthen people in groups, we’ve seen that service projects like this serve to both strengthen the community and build bridges between different organizations, allowing us to work together for good.More
Berbice, Guyana. In 2014, Interweave Solutions partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to provide business training to its members all over Guyana. A year later and after measurable success, Dr. Lynn Curtis and two Success Ambassadors presented the program to the First Lady of Guyana, who proceeded to make it a key part of her office’s agenda. Since then, Interweave’s Master of Business in the Streets program has grown and thrived throughout the country.
Sanjay Pooran is one of the original Success Ambassadors in Guyana who played a critical role in developing the program and gaining sponsorship from both the church and the government. Since 2014, he has facilitated over 20 workshops and trained about 1000 people across the country. Sanjay affirms that working with Interweave has positively impacted his life in many ways. “It has been a tremendously positive and transformative exercise for me. I have learned to work with people, build partnerships, and help make change in communities across my country.” As he’s worked hard to help his family, friends, and others become self-reliant, he has gained for himself an “appreciation for the personal struggles and challenges of others.” He says “I have found great strength by witnessing the resilience, strength, and character of men and women who, despite all odds, are willing to learn, grow and succeed. This has been, perhaps, the most important opportunity I get at every training I conduct.”
In the four years that Interweave has been active in Guyana, over 1600 people have improved their lives by learning and applying the principles taught in the MBS program. The inspiring transformations Sanjay is privileged to witness include abused women finding power and confidence to confront their offenders or walk out of relationships, illiterate adults humbling themselves enough to seek help from their children in learning to read, and determined women turning a fleeting idea into a thriving dried fish exporting company. Sanjay comments “The creativity, imagination, drive, and power of these folks is inspirational. I often wonder if we were to harness the potential of the people of our country, we would be beyond wealthy. But we are getting there… Interweave Solutions is making its mark and showing what Guyana can do when it is self-reliant.”
Ecuador. May Rodriguez became a Success Ambassador and brought along her 9 year-old daughter, Ghia, to all the classes she taught. After watching three different groups graduate, Ghia decided that she too wanted to take the class and start her own business. She is currently participating in her mom’s MBS class and completing all the requirements. She has started her business making and selling pillows and small stuffed animals.
Honduras. We want to recognize and give a special thanks to this group of students from the Technological Institute of Business Administration in Choluteca. They form part of an MBS group led by Success Ambassador Jonathan Rodriguez. The group is sponsored by a deputy in the National Congress of Honduras. These young entrepreneurs demonstrate that with big dreams and support from both Interweave and local government leaders, there are no boundaries or limitations. Thanks for your great work!
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.
Ecuador. Maria Elena had always loved making desserts but because she never had experience she threw out more damaged dough than she baked. Then suddenly one day, the bread she was making turned out so well that her neighbors asked her if she sold it. She knew it was not a coincidence that in her next MBS class, they discussed the 6Ps of business. That very night, she set a price and determined to sell her product to the neighbors.
As Maria Elena has applied the business principles she has learned in the MBS program, and with the support of her Success Ambassador she has been able to rise above her competition, grow her business and improve the lives of her clients with new and unique products and services. Today she runs a successful bakery called Dulce Inspiración and sells all kinds of breads and desserts.
Her Success Ambassador says “She wrote me many times saying she was about to give up because she didn’t have support. I reminded her what her dream had been and that it was already being fulfilled… When she started the MBS program, she didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. We encouraged her and told her that through her talents she could realize her dream.”
We are excited about the progress of Maria’s bakery and are confident it will continue its growth as she continues to apply the principles learned in the MBS program!
Uganda. ENGAGE NOW AFRICA! THRIVEGULU AND INTERWEAVE IN UGANDA
Co-founder of Interweave, Lynn Curtis, recently went on a trip of a lifetime to Uganda.
There were so many amazing things that happened during the trip, but here are some of the highlights.
- Board Member, Ruth Vidaurre, accompanied him on the trip.
- THRIVEGulu celebrated its third year in the self-reliance program. The Interweave-THRIVEGulu partnerships has brought about many great assets for the wonderful people- an Acoli and English literacy manual, ABCs for Business and English for Business Success, and with this most recent trip, English Success In Business! with the same outcomes as the MBS program.
- Partnering with Engage Now Africa!, THRIVEGulu was able to build a Center (see picture above) in order to facilitate training meetings or other group gatherings. The building is new! So new, in fact, that the Interweave training with this group was the first event to occur in the building!
- In reality, people with very to no little English skills are now able to communicate fluently and teach in English, and better contribute to their local economy because of the skills that they are learning and using.
- THRIVEGulu also met with Lynn Curtis in order to discuss a Youth Group, using similar materials to the ones we have previously collaborated on with them. These “youth” are from 16 years old to their early 20’s, and the youth group met together to talk about distinctive issues for their age group. Their challenges are many, none are proficient in English, half of the group consists of single mothers with children, and they are school dropouts. We and our wonderful partners at THRIVEGulu are collaborating to help these youth change the course of their lives. We want to provide them with literacy/business education options.
Overall, it was a successful and life-changing trip. We are ever thankful for the support of our friends at Engage Now Africa! and THRIVEGulu for their hard work and desire to change the world. We will continue collaborating with them and help empower people in need across the world with literacy and business skills!
Uganda. 10–Year Partnership. Since 2008, Interweave has partnered with Engage Now Africa to end poverty. We worked with them in previous years in the greater Accra area to advance self-reliance for hundreds of unemployed families. Participants excelled at micro-businesses while also improving their homes and communities.
Today, Interweave continues to work with Engage Now Africa, collaborating with THRIVEGulu to move women who are recovering from previous abduction to a higher level of self-confidence and self-reliance in northern Uganda.
Cameroon. A NEW SUCCESS AMBASSADOR IN CAMEROON
It’s always exciting to see progress internationally. We continue to see other individuals around the world work hard to become Success Ambassadors for Interweave Solutions.
One of these individuals, Francky L. Ntyam Adjomo, is from Cameroon. He received his MBS certificate a couple years ago, but recently decided he wanted to become a Success Ambassador for Interweave Solutions.
He worked hard, and it paid off! His business plans were flawless and he successfully received his certificate to start his journey as a Success Ambassador.
Benin. In July of 2017, Mr. Kazotti Ifonti of Benin, Africa traveled to Ghana where he met our current Success Ambassador, Saida Zouzou. Mr. Kazotti learned about the Interweave Solutions MBS program and was immediately interested in bringing the program back to his home country. Back in Benin, he began the MBS program online. He began to invite other people from his personal network. Briac Afangnon and Isidore Odountan also began the MBS course online. The men all graduated successfully from the MBS program and went on to each receive their Success Ambassador Certificate.
Today, Mr. Kazotti, Mr. Agangnon, and Mr. Odountan have established their own legal NGO, Interweave Solutions Benin. Not only are they are mentoring participants from Kenya through our online system, they each have their own self-reliance group of participants who are working towards their MBS certification.
Their other current projects include creating a proposal for their meeting with the First Lady of Benin, partnering with LDS Charities West Africa, and translating all of our manuals and online materials into a more native French.
They are each amazing men who caught the Interweave Vision and are on their way to great success. We are very grateful for their hard work and tireless efforts to improve.
Along with their hard work, they are also facing a problem. Interweave Solutions Benin wants to offer the program to clients who are properly prepared with skill training and great potential. However, some of the single mothers and other vulnerable members of their clientele in the area have great business ideas and desire to receive the self-reliance training but do not have the means to pay for the MBS course. They are looking for scholarships for these clients so that they will be able to receive the life-changing MBS self-reliance training.
If you are interested in helping the Interweave Solutions Benin project, please make a donation today! Anywhere from a $25 donation could not only change somebody’s life but also help them reach their true potential. Those who receive financial aid will be pre-qualified individuals who have proven themselves to be worthy qualifiers of the scholarship.
If you at this time cannot make a donation, we ask that you please share this story on social media so that we can fulfill our mission providing self-reliance and business training for those in need. The more people that know about the campaign and donate, the more people that can become MBS graduates and Success Ambassadors around the world, thus eradicating poverty around the world.
Mexico. We recently have had sixteen new ambassadors join our team! They are from México and we are so excited to have them as a part of our team.
They each had to pass through an interview process to verify that they were serious candidates and ready to help spread the Interweave vision. They had a special graduation ceremony in which co-founder, Dean Curtis and Latin American program director, Diego Lizano gave the certificates. The celebration was beautiful and the new ambassadors are already forming groups and making a difference in the world of Interweave already.
From CDMX: Alvaro Tiburcio, Katia Ramos, Salvador Calvo, Nestor Cruz, Frida Calvo, Lizbeth Bravo, Francisco Meraz Zabala
From Ciudad Juárez: Nohemi Salazar, Alejandro Ayala, Erika Garay.
From Guadalajara: Hilda Marquez, Edgar Alejandro Gutierrez, Alma Gómez, David Perez Gomez, Guillermo Raylander Navarrete, Blanca Estela Gutiérrez R.