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.
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.