Francisca Carmona & Jose Agustin Diaz – Changed Lives
There are many inspirational IBO stories. But the story of Francisca Carmona and José Agustín Díaz of the Dominican Republic has to be one of the best examples of how Amway truly does change lives.
Back in 2002, the couple was trying to make a living selling fruit and chicken pieces to passersby on the street. On the brink of poverty, their home was so sparsely furnished that cardboard boxes served as chairs.
Debts were mounting and they had no way to pay them off. Their three children were trying to help, earning money by shining shoes for people.
“There were times when our friends and neighbors brought us food because we didn’t have enough in the house to make a meal,” says José.
The situation was so bad at one point that Francisca and José’s parents offered to take the kids so they could go out and find work. “Every day, I would just cry and cry,” says Francisca. “I couldn’t see any way out. I thought, ‘This is the end. There is nothing I can do to save my family…’”
Shortly after that, a friend talked to them about the AMWAY business. By then, their fruit business had gone under and José was working at a low-paying job. “I thought it was a good idea, but I wanted to get our financial problems resolved first,” he says. “Then I realized that being an IBO might actually be a way to earn extra money to help us pay our debts.”
So they decided to go ahead. A friend loaned them the money for the starter kit, and José scraped enough money together to buy some self-improvement CDs. “They were a huge help to me in terms of teaching me how to sell and be self-confident.”
The first product they sold was Glister Toothpaste. “We’d buy a few tubes at the Distribution Center (*), sell those, come back and buy more, sell those, and so on,” says Francisca, who actually fainted one day while working with some customers because she’d had so little eat.
Once their business began to take off, their lives changed dramatically. Eventually, they were able to pay off their debts and move to a better house. And last year, they bought their very first car. “Best of all,” says Francisca, “we can work from home so we can be with our children.”
Today, as Founders Platinum, they couldn’t be happier. “We always tell people our story so they can see that yes, it is possible to change your life,” says José. “We are proof of that.”
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.