Anderson Veras & Ana Cuesta – Emerald
As parents of a one-month old baby in late 2001, Ana and Anderson were looking for something. Ana, a doctor, was staying at home to care for their little girl. Anderson was marketing to drugstores for the government. He wasn’t happy with his pay. Together, they realized, as Ana says, “We needed a different way to make money.” They knew of the AMWAY TM business opportunity through Ana’s dad and his partner, but Anderson was a skeptic.
Anderson laughs, recalling, “I didn’t believe in the business much, so I told my wife, ‘Don’t you dare let that doctor [who wanted to show them the plan] in this house.’” But I started looking closer at Ana’s dad and his partner. When I saw these two successful men, it made me realize that I was not being humble enough. I had to learn more about this business opportunity. If they were in it, there was something there.”
As they got started, Ana believes her easy connection to people and her flexibility helped. “I don’t get bogged down by circumstances,” she explains. Anderson feels that his desire to grow enabled him to accept guidance from others. “I am also very persistent, and I can accept change,” he adds.
Through their hard work and willingness to listen and learn, success came, step by step. Anderson says, “You could find excuses forever. We turned our excuses into reasons to keep going.” Ana adds, “We were young. Our upline Emeralds, Jose Ramon and Escali Otazu were a great source of inspiration to us. We had to educate ourselves and mature so we could begin investing in others and show we really cared about them. ”
The reward of their hard work has been sweet, as Ana describes,”We can set goals as a family and see the benefit to our girls, Allison (8) and Amelia (3). We shared a very magical moment as we all went on stage together when we became Emeralds. They felt the warmth of the crowd. It showed them that through hard work you can achieve everything you set out to do.”
The average monthly gross income earned by “active” IBOs was $115 (U.S.)/$181 (CAN.).
The percentage of IBOs who achieved Double Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .0038%.
Based on an independent survey during 2001, approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active. “Active” means an IBO attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway Independent Business Owner Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended a company or IBO meeting in the year 2000.
“Gross Income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus the amount of Performance Bonus retained. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation. The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Plan.
Emerald Income Disclosure