Brazil. My name is Alexsandro Barbosa and I live in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. My experience with Interweave Solutions was very helpful, because in the process of learning I could see values that I had never seen before, regarding my personal and professional life, and I felt more useful in my community through charity actions. Before I met Interweave, I had no idea how to manage my own finances, and I did not have the insight to create and manage my own business.
I was just a young man with ideas for projects, but now I am planning to have my own business, and with this training at MBS I see that it is possible to be successful by being my own boss. I would like to thank my instructor, Cynthya Freitas, for the precious orientations, for the patience, and for sharing the knowledge she acquired, showing excellent preparation in what she does and giving presentations of great learning. Finally, I would like to recommend this MBS program to everyone who wants to have their own business or even to grow as a person.
Bolivia. Eva Francisca Colque. I am from Tupiza in Potosí. I went to live with my husband in La Paz, because he had a well-paid job there. My son was born a year later and every day at home with my baby, a pet, my husband and all day at work started to depress me so I started knitting therapy.
I knitted for my baby and my pet. When we went to the market, many asked about my pet’s clothing, so I ended up knitting clothes for my neighbors and friends’ pets, until one day out of curiosity I donated to a pet store. I had to deliver 1 box of clothes in one week. It was quite the sacrifice. I barely slept or ate for work because the price I charged was so cheap so I stopped knitting. After a while I discovered that there were automatic knitting machines. I bought one and the saleswoman offered me a 2 hour training to learn how to spin and weave a small sample of round and V-neck. I ended up practicing with wool cones until I felt like knitting a garment and it didn’t work for me, so I knitted a section with a toothpick and then with a machine. With time and practice, I’ve made many modifications until today. But there was a time when I stopped weaving because of the birth of my daughter and what other people thought about my work. I couldn’t deliver my orders and I was frustrated on top of the pandemic. Today, because my children are older, I have more time to work on knitting. I have also learned how important it is to have financial independence.
Through taking the MBS course, I learned the importance of using the 6 Ps. You need to plan, to have a good product and therefore a satisfied customer. You need to know the process of the product well, charge a fair price, and know how to promote to make the products known. You need to encourage customers to continue buying and know it is important to keep track of expenses and income.
Liberia. Kelvin F. Sheriff: At first it was not an easy thing for me to go through this course, taking into consideration my lack of internet knowledge but nevertheless, I did not let my limitations limit my growth in life.
While taking this course, I learned many new ideas on how to start and manage your own business. During the course we explored the basic steps in starting and maintaining a good business; exploring all the six p’s in business is going to help me in the real world. Now that I know about all of the steps in starting and growing a business, I can use them to their fullest potential. One of my favorite lessons in this course is in unit four which is paperwork. In this principle I learned great lessons about separating business money from personal income, paying yourself a salary and saving regularly. Although the course was complex, taking into consideration the many challenges along the way, it was really wonderful for me to learn something new. It tooks a lot of time, effort and commitment but it opened my eyes to what it would be like to have a career in managing a business. Later in the course I also learned about how to keep a business clean and organized. For someone like me, who wants to start up their own business after completion of the course, this course is very important. This course will benefit me as I start up my own business, because I will be able to manage it accordingly and get people to know about it. Overall, throughout this course I learned a lot of new and different ideas that can help me today and I will be able to keep with me and use them throughout my entire life. Thanks to the founding members, supporting staff and to all course facilitators for implementing this great opportunity.
Nigeria. My name is Abasiama Umoren. I am a fashion designer and a makeup artist, I am the 6th child from a family of 7. I love business. My experience so far has been great because I have really learned a lot of ways to grow my business.
It wasn’t easy because where I am, I didn’t have access to electricity. I had to go to where there is electricity to do my assignment. This required me to be diligent in doing and keeping my commitments. The program has helped me manage my ideas and plans to allow my business to grow and taught me to keep records which is very important in business.
Angola. Thank you for this opportunity that MBS gave me because the experience with this program changed my life. Today I can control my expenses and improve my quality of life and that of my family. I like challenges and this course helped me to see that I am capable of overcoming obstacles.
I am Jorge Dias da Luz Filho, I was born in Luanda, I am married and have 4 children. I worked 20 years at the airport in Luanda, but the MBS course really gave me strength and empowerment, because it helped me to see life with another perspective and now my future is promising. I must say that everyone should take this training because this is the best way to end poverty by leading people to prosperity with the help of self-sufficiency groups. This way, for sure, thousands of people will get a higher income, better homes and stronger communities. Thank you MBS.
Ecuador. Silvana Lucía Lora Chávez. I am a publicist by profession, but at the age of 45 I studied to become a Cosmetologist. Cosmiatrist as an alternative because in our country the older you get the less opportunity there is to get a job.
At 53 years of age, my husband suffered an illness that left him disabled and I studied to be a physical therapy assistant so that I could help him. Studying also helped me to get out of the routine to avoid the strong depression that this event caused me. I have always been involved in community work as a member of the Comité Promejoras de Calderón and that is why I always have information about courses and training for entrepreneurship. From all the experiences, I learned to embroider and now with Interweave Solutions I can manage the business well. Interweave Solutions has motivated me to develop my skills and promote a women’s group, Inti Warmicuna. We organize to improve our quality of life by commercializing what we did, but until today we did it in an empirical, disorganized way and with few economic results. I have a vision of what I want to do because of the security that this training has given me. With Interweave Solutions I learned financial tools to be an entrepreneur and guide my women in an organized way. I will never tire of thanking you for your support and above all for sending us a great human being to be our trainer.
Zimbabwe. My name is Shebar Choga from Harare, Zimbabwe. I am a self employed lady aged 29.I am married plus 2 kids. I started my business in 2019, but it was not fully legalized and was not successful. I was not confident about it and I never enjoyed my business. I did not know how to use the 6Ps of the Business. I didn’t realize any profits because I used to steal from business and then next time failed to restock my inventory.
The MBS course helped me to become self-reliant, improving my quality of life, and make saving money a life-long habit. I am happy and satisfied. I thank mentor Cade Curtis for being there for me, helping me to understand where I failed to understand. My thanks goes again to the Interweave Solutions and the entire team who made a life changing program like this.
South Africa. Constance Dongo: This program has changed the way I do business. I have been selling chickens and I was giving people chickens on credit but what I learned has made me not sell on credit any more. I can now save even the little that I can get. I will keep on applying these principles in my business.
Congo. I am Olicia Bel ange Malala, a student at Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville. I started to do a small business to meet my personal needs and also to relieve my parents in view of the current economic and social situation. I like doing things to make honest money. Thanks to Interweave Solutions’ self-reliance course, I learned a lot about how to plan my life and my business.
I now know how to better manage and also save money. I have the desire to carry out business projects at the same time as I continue my studies. That way, I will be more independent. I know that if I don’t do anything, nothing will be done for me and that I am the first responsible for my life. I thank the Interweave Solutions program and our Success Ambassador Mr. Emmanuel for the great training and knowledge acquired. I promise to keep my commitments and do my best to be better.
Zimbabwe. My name is Karen and I am an MBS student. I run a motor sales shop that sells engine parts for different types of cars. The MBS course has taught me a lot on how to manage my business and keep track of it. I have learned a lot about saving and making a home plan to keep my family together while I run my own business.
Nigeria. The MBS program was quite breath-taking and very interesting, especially when we see the reasons why some people failed in their business. I really want to say that this program has helped me to reposition my business and I am recording serious improvement in all facets of my life.
I come from an average family that is struggling to survive. My parents had seven of us and struggled to see us through school (secondary and higher institution). With the high rate of unemployment in Nigeria, so many people are attracted to business in the quest for survival, but many do not succeed because of certain mistakes which this program has corrected. Today I am very happy with the improvement I have made and will still make in my business. Thank you Interweave for this rare privilege. Indeed they say “Knowledge is power.”
Angola. My name is Cristóvão Zango and I was born in 1991 in the small town of Luau, Angola. My parents had 6 children, so from an early age I got used to being surrounded by people. Because of the war, we moved to the Congo where I got my degree in Pedagogy in 2013. But as you may know, life for refugees is hard and we were very poor. Since my childhood my dream was to have money, travel, start a family and have my own business, so I wouldn’t work for anyone. After not being successful in several businesses I started to take an online course about importation, because I like to import things.
One day I was looking at Instagram and I saw the link for INTERWEAVE SOLUTIONS. I clicked and immediately I began talking to the instructor Cynthya about the course. I wanted to give up the MBS course to continue with the course on importing, but I decided to continue with the MBS. To avoid expenses, I gave up the importation course and I continued with the MBS. At the beginning it seemed to be very easy and I started to really enjoy the course because everything I was learning was affecting my life in some way. I started to think like an entrepreneur and not like a common person. And every time I visited my opponents, I saw the mistakes they were making. I realized that I was wasting time trying to do business without knowing how. I didn’t know that I should pay myself, and I made my sales on credit, not registering anything, and these mistakes only caused me to lose more money. Furthermore, I learned that I should respect and be kind to my customers, save money every day and improve my quality of life. The loan money must be used in our business and not to spend it on radio and telephone, for example. To be an entrepreneur, I must manage my time and never steal from my business. The course also helped me to think more about my community and I could see the experiences of some Success Ambassadors, and this motivated me even more. With everything I learned in MBS, my business selling fishing nets and accessories will improve and I will fulfill my dreams.
I am very thankful to INTERWEAVE SOLUTIONS and my instructor Cynthya for always being thorough and having patience to help me, because I don’t speak Portuguese very well, but she always understood me. I tell everyone that, try to become the person of your dreams. If you want to be the person of your dreams, this is the way, don’t give up! INTERWEAVE SOLUTIONS helps you to succeed in life. I have experienced various kinds of suffering but INTERWEAVE SOLUTIONS showed me the way to fulfill my dreams. I wish a lot of joy and success for those who decide to study with INTERWEAVE SOLUTIONS!
Angola. Gabriel Chimuangi Bom Ano: This program increased a great amount of knowledge about my teaching methods and for sure, improved the methods of innovation and how to succeed with my business.
I confess that for a while I wanted to give up, but I learned a lot and I want to thank you for the opportunity and say that future entrepreneurs will emerge from this project. I advise all young people to take this course because they will learn things that will help everyone to grow in life.
Angola. I am Aurélio Carnoth and I work with real estate intermediation. Taking part in MBS changed the way I present my services, it brought me a higher degree of professionalism, and people started to believe more in my services. I believe in MBS as the path to self-sufficiency. In this course I was challenged and motivated to believe in success.
Ivory Coast. I am Yao Nazaire Kouakou and I am a student. I first started with online sales of t-shirts and I was doing well, but the only concern was that it couldn’t make me independent. So I joined this program and today I am very happy to have participated in this training because now I know how to keep an account book, when to take a loan and many other things. I am very happy.
South Africa. I am Mathias Matthews Alpha Mlauzi, a young, driven 33 years Malawian citizen. I am currently in South Africa but my family is in Malawi. I’m married with 2 daughters. This course has given me a lot of interest in developing business skills.
At my secondary school I gained many skills like carpentry and joinery and also I’m a qualified driver. But since I did not understand business. I have been failing to start my production company or any other money-generating business; rather, I have been working as a driver for a while now. But since this course, my eyes have been opened to see that I can have a future and success can be part of it. Thank you Interweave Solutions.