Gertrudis and Ernesto Espinosa
Faith and a Strong Work Ethic – When Ernesto joined the business, he was a systems engineer with an American company; Gertrudis was a systems analyst. But they had four kids and were having major financial difficulties. Money was so tight, Ernesto had to use that week’s grocery money to buy their AMWAY™ starter kit. “You can imagine my wife’s reaction when I told her we’d be having ACTIVE 8® from our kit for dinner that night.”
But they had faith – in God, in their support group, in Amway, and in themselves. Their AMWAY starter kit materials were in English and the Espinosas were fluent in Spanish – it was difficult for them to fully understand the materials they were reading and grasp some of the concepts. “I kept studying the IBO Compensation Plan, and knew I could figure it out one way or another,” said Ernesto.
After connecting with their sponsor’s sponsor, things began to click. “We went to events, and learned about the importance of achieving your dreams,” says Ernesto. “They gave us the foundation and tools we needed to build our business.”
A desire to build a better life
What motivated them was a passionate desire to build a better life for their children. “I wanted my kids to have a good education, nice clothes, and medical care,” says Gertrudis. “I never imagined what else our AMWAY business could do for us.”
She says their first trip to the Amway headquarters in Michigan affirmed their belief in the company. “We saw the values in action,” she recalls. “It gave us even more faith in the company than we already had,” adds Ernesto.
“In fact, of all the advantages that this business has given us, from the income to the travel, I think what we appreciate most are the values. Our children didn’t really even see the money side of it when they were growing up, but they learned that it’s always better to do the right thing, the honest thing, even if it’s hard. And that’s what’s really important.”
All you need, they say, is a little faith and a strong work ethic. “And your life, too, can change.”
The average monthly Gross Income for “active” IBOs was $202.
Approximately 46% of all IBOs were active.
U.S. IBOs were considered “active” in months in 2010 when they attempted to make a retail sale, or presented the Amway IBO Compensation Plan, or received bonus money, or attended an Amway or IBO meeting. “Gross Income” means the amount received from retail sales, minus the cost of goods sold, plus monthly bonuses and cash incentives. It excludes all annual bonuses and cash incentives, and all non-cash awards. There may be significant business expenses, mostly discretionary, that may be greater in relation to income in the first years of operation.
The approximate percentage of Direct Fulfillment IBOs in North America who achieved Emerald status in FY10 was 0.0281%.