Fernando Vargas and Isabel Bonilla
Showing others that change is possible and, oh, so worth it – “We human beings want a better life, but we aren’t willing to make the changes necessary to get it. We want to keep acting the same way, holding the same ideas, hanging with the same people. But if we don’t change any of that, we’ll never get out of our current situation,” says Isabel Bonilla.
She learned that lesson the hard way. After starting her AMWAY™ business, “my mentors helped me see that certain people wanted to sabotage my efforts,” she says.
Isabel also had to learn to read and write. “Our mentors took the time to teach her the ins and outs of the business by reading to her over the phone,” Fernando says, still amazed.
Perhaps her greatest obstacle was Fernando himself. “I always supported Isabel,” he says, “but I told her, ‘This business is for you because my thing is yard work.’”
A landscaper for 21 years, Fernando put in 13-hour days. “I wanted to free Fernando from his job so he could be home with us in the evenings,” says Isabel, who cleaned houses.
It wasn’t long, however, before Fernando “started realizing that every month her checks (from Amway) got bigger and mine got smaller” due to a downturn in the economy.
“Thanks to our mentors, I finally understood our business could be so much bigger.”
Having time nowadays to play with the kids (Alejandro, 12; Fernanda, 8; Esmeralda, 6; and newborn David) and drive them to school is “priceless.”
“We come from humble origins in El Salvador,” Isabel says, “so we want to help our family there and spend more time with them.” Isabel also has a soft spot for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the work they do to help kids with cancer. “As a mom, I just think, ‘What if those were my kids?’ We feel blessed to be in a position to help others in need.”
Not to mention showing others that change is possible and, oh, so worth it.