Zimbabwe. “I enjoyed the fact that the course looks at all aspects of life and provides a balanced approach that stimulates growth from all angles.“
My name is Tendai, I was born to a family of eight being the fourth born, my family has always had values that have helped me to as I grew. I grew up n a farm were it was kind of a family community, everyone knew everyone. I attended primary school at St James Craig School and my secondary at St Peter Clever Secondary, and Tafara Two High in Tafara. After finishing my ‘O’ Levels, I failed to get the resources to pursue my education and I tried to make a living for myself. Around 1997, I made a decision to go and serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
That turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was called to serve in the Zimbabwe Harare Mission and my assignments took me to Gweru, Bulawayo, Mutare, Harare, and Lusaka, in Zambia.
I grew to love the people not only for who they are but for what I now know they can be. I faced a lot of challenges in my life, I lost my elder brother to HIV AIDS in 2003, I have had to carry that pain since, and in 2018 I lost my dear father to abdominal Cancer. That inspired me to do some research on the disease and I am currently taking a course on Public Health with BYU-IDAHO. This was mainly motivated by the need to find some sort of cure for the diseases. When my father was very sick, we did everything I thought was necessary to get him better with the limited resources we had but to no avail. I got to know about the MBS program from my brother, who had made some considerable progress already. I didn’t know what is was all about, but since I am a BYU student I decided to take the challenge. One of my motivations was the Gas business I recently started and I sure needed some inspiration. The moment I started I realized that that’s exactly what my business needed some kind of professional assistance. I also noted that my life was not evenly balanced, and when I started my Home Plan, things started falling into place. I enjoyed the fact that the course looks at all aspects of life and provides a balanced approach that stimulates growth from all angles. The first thing I did was run around to see how the successful businesses in my vicinity were operating, I never knew I was going to get the kind of help I got. I immediately started inquiring about the process to formalize my business, and again I noticed that it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared. As I progressed and followed all the guidelines and instructions, I realized that I really needed the training. I had always though of borrowing some money but after learning about the dangers of just getting a loan and the importance of Cash Projection, I realized I might not need the loan after all. The 6 Ps helped me Plan, decide a Product, look at the Process, how to determine the Price, the importance of the Promotion, and the value of Paperwork. The interaction with the Instructors and other students was very helpful and I am now very confident of coming up with a sustainable project.
Brazil. Arlete changed her career to have more time with her family. As a result, she was able to complete her MBS and now she wants to become a Success Ambassador.
My name is Arlete Luzia Strey, I live in Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil. I have an Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree in Pedagogy and I was a teacher for 15 years. I knew about the Interweave Solutions and the MBS course by Success Ambassador Sidnei do Nascimento. I decided to take this course to learn how to become self-reliant and develop the tools to become more organized, and be more successful with my beauty parlor. In 2014, my daughters were teenagers and I felt the necessity to be more present in their lives, so I decided to make a change in my career by taking a hairdressing and hair aesthetics course.
Today I have my own beauty parlor, called I9hair Salon, in the garage of my house, and in this way I can have time with my daughters and my husband, take care of my plants, and study. This course helped me to have more control of my business and to improve some areas of my life, mainly the financial side, recreation with my family, and also expanded my vision towards my community, making me understand better the needs of everyone around me. Now it is time to keep going towards success! I really want to share with other people everything I’ve learned with MBS, being a SUCCESS Ambassador!
“(…) the MBS course from Interweave Solutions gave me an even clearer vision of how I can serve the community (…)”
My name is Pedro Henrique Baptista de Oliveira, from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. In 1996 I started my path in the food industry by taking a course in the area, from a school called Escola Técnica Federal de Química do Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the course, I decided to expand my knowledge and I got another degree in Food Engineering from Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV-MG).
Before graduating I was approved in a public contest for the Instituto de Laticínios Cândido Tostes, one of the most renowned institutions in the dairy industry in Latin America. However, this was not enough for me and I decided to work as an independent consultant, thus managing to set up more than 10 food and dairy factories. With this I discovered the incredible world of ‘”turn-key” project engineering, that is, a new concept in contracting services. With this, I realized that many farmers suffered from the difficulty of building a large masonry factory. Then, as an “opinion maker” in my area, in 2017 I received a contact via SKYPE from a company in Israel that presented me with a container cheese factory project. I realized the great opportunity to help small farmers to have their agribusiness so I created the startup called MODULAGRO. These are ecological, intelligent, easily assembled, and affordable modular projects that enable small producers and rural communities to have their own space for growing and producing food. Together with this project, we created the MODULAGRO Food Bank, which allows the reuse of vegetables that are lost between the field and the consumer, thus avoiding a loss of 30% to 40% of the harvest. This reused material is processed and transformed into jams, soups, juices, broths, dehydrated products, etc. that are supplied to social organizations, low-income communities, homeless people, nursing homes, etc. Even with the academic background I already have, and with the business in progress, the MBS course at Interweave Solutions gave me an even clearer vision of how I can serve the community and, along with MODULAGRO’s projects, change the lives of so many people. In order to do so, the next step will be to complete the Success Ambassador course to carry out my project.
Peru. “At first it was difficult for me to understand the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) course, but overtime I was able to learn how business management can help through savings, family, and how one can help others without neglecting one’s own business.
The course helps you see other perspectives of our own lives in being able to improve it despite having difficulties like everyone has now because of the pandemic. A lot depends on one’s willpower, faith, and belief in God who gives us strength to be able to overcome the obstacles that come up. I am thankful for the MBS course that helps in growing economically with effort and to be honest within our own business and in our personal lives.” – Christian Febres Veleasquez
Bolivia. My name is Brenda Echeverría. From a very young age, I was very independent and I consider myself a humble and responsible person. I recently graduated with a degree in business administration and I work as temporary personnel, generally in marketing companies. Last year I started looking for permanent jobs. Unfortunately, these jobs ask for years of experience. Because of so, I decided to participate in the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) program.
The program taught me a lot, which refreshed and added to the knowledge I gained in my university. It also helped me understand and mature in many essential aspects in my life, and it taught me to balance and improve them. These courses prompted me to improve as a person and to support and help the people around me. Now I think big and want to be a great self-reliant entrepreneur.
Brazil. “MBS shows that we cannot give up, on the contrary, it strengthens our desire to achieve self-reliance, a better quality of life, and fulfill our dreams.”
My name is Eliene Silva, I live in Sobral, Ceará, Brazil. I am married and I have two children that I am very proud of. My oldest daughter is a Pedagogue and my youngest son is studying Law. My husband works as a General Services Clerk and he is an excellent professional in the area of car and motorcycle restoration, and he wants to work in this area. We are a simple and humble family, and we have always believed that family is the essence of a life of honesty and character.
Currently I am working in the area of beauty and wellness selling products and natural supplements, providing a better quality of life to people. I really enjoy dealing with people, and this is an area in which I have sought specialization. When I worked as a Health Agent, I felt fulfilled in being able to help people and, while living in a low income community, I always saw an opportunity to bring these people a word of comfort, or some form of assistance.
I met the MBS program through Success Ambassador Isaías Santos, who introduced me to the program, and I soon realized that this was what I needed to make my dream come true. MBS complemented what I had always been looking for, and as a Success Ambassador I intend to help the young people in my community to have a purpose in life, and to move forward believing that everyone deserves success. I live the reality in my community that does not have an adequate policy in this regard. Families are without any support and are always facing hardships.
The MBS enchanted me from the beginning. But I particularly liked the “bicycle wheel”. This lesson uniquely shows us that some businesses will not succeed because of lack of planning and strategy. It also shows that there needs to be balance in all areas of our lives. Many people give up on their businesses, give up on their families, and even their own lives, because they fail to plan and find balance.
The MBS shows that we cannot give up; on the contrary, it strengthens our desire to achieve self-reliance, a better quality of life, and fulfill our dreams. I am putting into practice the idea of always saving, “even if it is just one or two coins”, having more leisure hours with my family, taking care of my health, in short, living better. And I am very happy to be a Success Ambassador and my purpose is to train more Success Ambassadors in my region. At this point I feel very secure to have the support of Interweave Solutions, in the sense of being an official representative, and presenting myself as such to other organizations, communities, and government agencies, which is something I intend to do soon.
I thank Ambassador Isaías for introducing me to the MBS Program, and I also thank the founders of Interweave Solutions because they came up with the idea and decided to share it with everyone.
Ecuador. My name is Pualina Yacelga Aguilar. I entered the program thanks to Mrs. Sara Velasco, a civil service member of the Provincial Counsel of Pichincha, who invited me to participate in the Master of Business in the Streets (MBS) program to strengthen my business. I am the owner of Alexandra L Grand (floral art, confectionary, and details), which has been operating since May 2018. In the beginning, I thought I should make Alexandra L Grand known on social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp) so we focused on creating a logo and a motto to support the brand. We realized we needed feedback on social media regarding the products’ quality, presentation, service, and the importance of having interaction with the customer. That’s how we started participating in fairs. They have given us the opportunity to test the products (candies and crafts) and they give us the advantage of making the brand known. Moreover, it allows us to improve client capturing, conservation, and presentation of products. We have overcome a lot of obstacles, even ones we never imagined. From the beginning, a few of those include: failure to comply with delivery times, quality of raw materials from suppliers, excessive costs covering the fairs which promised a disproportionate amount of target customers, product waste, changing locations, and an ant infestation among other things. However, each one of those experiences was overcome and left us with incomparable lessons learned.
Participating in this course allowed us to return to the basics and look at which aspects needed strengthening (logging and filing) and how frequently they should be performed. Above all, we were able to practice the way we interact with the clients. One of the strengths of the MBS program is the sharing, feeling comfortable and understood in this adventure together with other entrepreneurs. These particular experiences were driving factors and guides for our businesses. I am now looking for the most excellent way to achieve my personal and business goals. This course allowed me to combine those two areas in a concise and dynamic way. Finally, thank you to Mrs. Sara Velazco, through the Provincial Council, and Mrs. Alexandra Zúñiga, facilitator of Interweave Solutions, for opening the door for me to participate in the MBS program and to my group members, “Los Padrinos”, for showing me that anything is possible if you believe in your own talents.
Angola. Just a click on the Facebook page and curiosity led Pascoal Jamba to get to know and dedicate himself to the MBS program. According to him (…) it was worth clicking on that post (…)
My name is Pascoal Jamba Catiavala, I’m 27 years old, Angolan. I have a degree in Economics and Management from the Jean Piaget University of Angola, and for the last few years, I have been working as a high school teacher in the subjects of Introduction to Economics, Economic and Social Development, and Entrepreneurship. I am fascinated by innovative businesses, and I am a very simple, persevering, and knowledge-loving person.
I accessed MBS first out of curiosity because nobody had told me anything about it. I simply saw the post on Facebook and clicked. And during this training period, I had an incredible experience and each unit took me to another one because the content is very clear, objective, and practical. And I had a very patient mentor, who was always available to help me in whatever I needed. And today I say that it was worthwhile to have clicked on that post because today I am a person completely prepared to open a business and become a Success Ambassador for Interweave Solutions in my community.
Angola. Henrique Chissingui is a natural entrepreneur. Always with great ideas and willingness to do business. But, after trying in some areas, success came through the MBS course. According to him, “This course changed my way of thinking and this is the guarantee of my success”.
My name is Henriques Elias Chissingui. I’m Angolan and I live in Camacupa municipality, in the province of Bié. I am 36 years old and I am a teacher. I have a reasonable salary that covers the needs of my family. Due to family problems, in 2019 I started to lose a large part of my monthly salary. I felt a lot of stress and exhaustion, because at that moment I was trying to validate the undergraduate degree I got in Brazil, which brought me more expenses. I began to feel the lack of money and I asked the bank for a four-month salary advance to pay it off in one year. When I received this amount, I used part of it to pay for school and the other part I used to open a business called HC-ENCOMENDAS. I advertised it on Facebook, WhatsApp, and I told close friends who ordered the clothes I bought from Luanda, the capital of Angola. They paid for the clothes on credit but, as of December 2020, some still have not been able to settle the debt. This is how I met the death of my business. Instead of improving my life, I made it worse. I looked for a tutoring center and was able to learn a little about planning, business identification, and management. But, the solution came the day I was scrolling through Facebook and saw the Interweave Solutions ad. I read about the program and clicked on the WhatsApp button, which directed me to the course. My Mentor Cynthya Freitas answered my message and, feeling a little suspicious, I asked her if that ad was really true, or just a fake page to trick people. My mentor promptly answered me: “Would you like to know a little more about Interweave? I can send you a video.” I then decided to register and start the course.
Throughout the course, I learned things that, if I had known before, today I would have significantly improved my life, my family, and my community. With this course, I was able to discover the success of an entrepreneur, and now my vision is so much clearer and I find business opportunities everywhere I go. The course is inspiring and today I am able to save money on a daily basis.
I recommend this course to everyone who wants to improve their personal life, their family life, and their community. MBS changed my way of thinking and this is the guarantee of my success.
Brazil. Erick Ferreira lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and intends to apply what he learned from the MBS course to his personal and professional life. He works in the area of Private Security, is a Missionary Pastor of the Assembly of God, and also works as a Chaplain, giving religious and social assistance in prisons, hospitals, homes for the elderly, and other institutions. He intends to be a Success Ambassador and take MBS to the people he comes in contact with.
“First of all, I want to thank the opportunity granted by Interweave Solutions, and say that this program has been a turning point in my life. For me it is a visionary program that most of the time can reach people with no perspective of growth in their business, going bankrupt or shutting down their business. With the MBS program, we are impacted by achieving self-sufficiency and, our success story begins when we put into practice all the principles taught in this course. I began to notice a radical change in all the areas mentioned, and by applying what I learned, I had amazing results. Now I have a more programmed, organized, visionary life, and I am already reaping the first fruits. I can say that, taking this course, was a unique moment in my life to obtain self-sufficiency and have a success story!”
Mexico. My name is Alan Joseph Cadena Juárez. I am 26 years old and am a Marketing graduate. About seven years ago, I decided to start a business. I had many ideas, but I did not have the necessary skills to open a business. While I was in the Marketing program, I found a job that sold coffee makers. At that moment, the idea to sell coffee consumables was born, since this store only sold coffee makers. I then found an Interweave Solutions ambassador who told me about a program that teaches individuals how to start a business to help them change their lives.
Much of the information I learned was very similar to my career. This program led me to understand the importance of finance. It also helped me to see how important it is to make informed decisions for our businesses. I also learned the importance of having balance in the 8 areas of wellness to be well rounded individuals. If there is an imbalance in one area there will be an imbalance in the other areas. One page is not enough to entirely explain who I am, but I would still like to share my experience and help other people grow. These steps can be applied to beginners as well as to those who already have a business. I would love for my story to be shared, especially because even though Mexico is better off than other places, it is also difficult here because of all the competition, lack of organization and knowledge that is not taught to the people. I am sure that in five years CREAM COFFEE will be consolidated and will be another company providing jobs, community help, and serving our clients. This is another success for Interweave Solutions.
Guatemala. Hello, I am Byron Ramirez of Guatemala. This course helped me clarify my business goals. A lot of times people start life plans, but almost never have a defined strategic plan for how to achieve their goals. The MBS clarifies and organizes our ideas by motivating us to investigate more concerning our businesses and other similar businesses in our community. This way you can identify strengths and weaknesses and write short-term, long-term, and mid-term goals on how to improve.
I am Byron Ramirez, and I was born in a family of 8 siblings. My father died when I was 2 years old, and when I was 4 my mother decided to go to the USA to work so my family would have a better life. This was very difficult for us. Being a family of 8 children without a father, our family situation presented daily challenges. Four years later, my mother was able to bring us to the USA. Our family life always presented financial challenges but despite all of that we pushed forward. Out of my 8 siblings, 4 of us graduated while the other 4 did not because they did not put forth the effort to study. I am now 36 years old and married with 2 beautiful children. I have always been passionate about entrepreneurship and I have now started the installation of a water purifier with a friend of mine. The MBS gives us better planning to strengthen our business so that we can accomplish the goals we have laid out for ourselves.
Bolivia. My name is Peggy Carla Cordova Luna. I am an economist, and at this time I am working with consultants in the public and private sectors. However, these past two years I have been thinking a lot about starting my own business. In the beginning I did not have a clear horizon, but I love to learn new things and change the course of my life. I like the challenge.
I have a very close-knit family, three charming children, a good husband, and exemplary parents with whom I was talking about my projects and the vision I have from here on out. The MBS course helped me a lot in terms of being proactive, always ready to learn, and confronting the day-to-day challenges. Now I know what I want, and it is to start my own makeup and spa business. I have a clear goal and objective. I find myself only a few months away from being an expert in makeup and hairstyling. I feel more sure and confident in the phrase, “practice makes perfect”. Knowledge makes it so you can undertake this challenge in a more firm and sure manner. I feel satisfied with the course and grateful for the advice and examples in the form of case studies that were shared in every class. Mariana, our facilitator, helped us so much and now the challenge is putting into practice those entrepreneurial aspirations that I have.
Chile. “My name is Leidy Cardona: chef and owner of Leidylicious Cakes. I graduated in 2005 in culinary art and restaurant management, where I only took one semester of pastry making and completely fell in love with this beautiful art.
Even though I have always cooked food with salt, I am always investigating other ways to prepare desserts. For all kinds of events and birthdays, I always offered my services to my friends and acquaintances. When I least thought I had a business of sweets, people were already seeking me out to make their events and celebrations sweet experiences. Even though I graduated in culinary art, I have always had faults in the family department, in savings, and in promoting my product. I was not maintaining a well-balanced life with regards to these most important areas. By taking the MBS course, I was helped a lot in learning that family should have a very important place in my life and that savings are fundamental. For me, it was an excellent opportunity to learn all that they taught us in this Master of Business in the Streets. Thank you to every single person who was a part of forming this marvelous program which is a huge help to all of us.”
Mexico. Fernando Mena Ruiz is from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He has always tried to create a business but unfortunately he did not have the knowledge he needed in order to manage his business and expanses. He opened a store for which he had a lot of supplies but once again things did not work out. It wasn’t until he found the MBS course that he learned how to keep track of his inventory, learned how to save money and use his money wisely.
While taking the MBS course, Fernando decided to try starting a new business one last time. He bought pallets to sell. He had high hopes for his business and trusted that he now had the knowledge he once lacked so he bought a new freezer where he would be able to store the pallets in big quantities. He started advertising his product to his neighbors and was able to find a lot of success. His business has grown a lot since he first started it and he keeps seeing progress. He attributes his success to the things he learned in the MBS program with his success ambassador, Noemi Salazar. As Fernando says, “it is better to fail when trying to succeed, than to not succeed because of fear of failure.”
USA. My name is Flor Alba Gillingham. I was born in Puerto Lleras, Colombia but was raised in Valle del Cauca, in Colombia. At the moment I am living in Montana, USA. Despite having had many challenges throughout my life, I have been abundantly blessed, and one of these blessings is a very good friend of mine, who gave me the idea and encouraged me to do the MBS course — a business training and self-reliance program that teaches how to run your own business, improve your home life, and work on your community to help it grow.
I have been working as an English teacher for more than 27 years, and have been tutoring on my own for about 10 years. Last year I started giving classes online and the knowledge I acquired through the MBS has helped me see this as a business, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and more importantly find a way to improve it.
Along with providing me a wider perspective of what I do for a living, the MBS provided me encouragement to reevaluate my lifestyle and to commit to do the necessary changes to improve it, find various ways to save, and reconnect with something I have always loved doing: serving others.
In order to complete the program, I carried a service project where I made bread in order to provide food for people in the streets. On November 2nd I put my plan in motion. My husband and I had previously noticed that there are always people around the courthouse in my city so we decided to go there. At first I was nervous because I didn’t know how they would react but, once we started, a peaceful and rewarding feeling filled our hearts and the desire to keep serving grew stronger. We then decided to contact the Poverello Center so that they can become a helpful bridge.
I just want to express my special thanks to those that were right beside me and helped me complete this new step in my life.