Brazil. Sidnei do Nascimento who lives in the city of Anápolis, Brazil, is going to carry out an old project thanks to the MBS course. He also became a Success Ambassador and intends to take this project to more people who want to realize their dreams.
“My name is Sidnei do Nascimento and I am a Portuguese Language Teacher and have a Masters degree in Education and Science. The MBS course has had a great impact on my life because I have always wanted to have my own business, but I didn’t have a direction on how to start it. I have failed many times. Through understanding the 6 P’s of business I came across an old dream. A while ago I created a school for human development called A.S.A.S. School of Winners. I found the MBS course to be a very important project that leads us to make improvements in the eight areas of our lives, which leads to a complete change. I also finished the Success Ambassador training, and I now have the mission to bring knowledge to as many people as possible, so that they can also achieve self-reliance through this wonderful course.”
Brazil. Francisco Andrey from Curitiba, Brasil, put in practice the teaching from the MBS course. Now he is able to save money, spend more time with his family, sort out his priorities, and is ready to open a school where he plans to grow even more as a Success Ambassador teaching everyone the MBS program.
“My name is Francisco Andrey Ádamo and I work as an Assistant in a business where I am a Financial Management and Theology student. I have always dreamed of having a technical school but I didn’t have much knowledge on how to do it. When I found Interweave Solutions I realized that my dream would come true. The MBS showed me how I can break barriers and achieve success step by step.
During the course my head was rushing with ideas and I decided now to waste any more time and put into practice everything that I was learning. I started saving money, learned how to manage my time, separate what is a priority in my life, be more present with my family, and make notes of my expenses and income. Now I am ready to open my school and I plan to teach the MBS course to others.
The best part of it all was having the support of Interweave Solutions. I felt valued because, in every call, my mentor would always encourage me to finish my project, and she also showed me how I can make a difference as a Success Ambassador. Now it’s time to follow the path as a Success Ambassador and help others have a life of self-reliance.”
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!