From Homeless to Hope – Juan & Blanca Murillo
Texas, “It hurts to tell the story of what we went through,” admits Blanca Murillo. “But maybe telling it will be an encouragement to others to consider building an AMWAY™ business of their own.”
Blanca and Juan’s story begins 21 years ago, when as young parents of five children they immigrated to the U.S. “We came to this country for better opportunities,” she says; the last thing they wanted was a handout.
Juan picked strawberries for a while, and then began installing and cleaning carpets. Blanca took work in housekeeping at a hotel. “Life was very stressful,” she says. “The money was never enough.” Then they lost their apartment. “Nobody wanted to rent to us when they found out we now had six kids,” he says. In order to secure a new apartment, he and Blanca needed to save up the deposit and first and last month’s rent.
“We lived in a park for four months. We would bathe the children in a public restroom before taking them to school,” Juan recalls with great pain in his voice. “I thank God for letting me find this business” when they were still homeless.
Today, Juan dreams of taking Blanca to Paris “to give her the honeymoon she deserves.” Their children are grown and are now parents themselves; in fact, the Murillos have 18 grandchildren! Best of all, all six kids are building AMWAY businesses of their own. “I can imagine all of the kids and grandkids with us at Walt Disney World® or in Hawaii!” he exclaims.
“Yes, material things are important, but the most important thing is family,” he says. “Our AMWAY business gives us opportunities to spend more time with each other and our family.”
The average monthly gross income earned by “active” IBOs was $115 (U.S.)/$181 (CAN.).
The success depicted may reflect income and investments outside the IBO Compensation Plan. Approximately 66% of all IBOs of record were found to be active.* The percentage of IBOs who achieved Founders Executive Diamond and above qualification in FY08 was .00565%.
*Based on an independent survey during 2001, “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.
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