Gabriel and Olaya Sánchez
Love at First Sight – Gabriel Sánchez says he fell in love with the business as soon as he understood what the potential was. “I loved everything about it – the incentives, the people, the environment, everything!” he exclaims.
Olaya, however, wasn’t so sure. She comes from a Christian background and at first, was under the mistaken impression that the business might clash with her beliefs.
The couple had been together for three years and although both had jobs, they had not been able to save enough money to get married. And because they worked opposite hours, they didn’t have much time to spend together, either.
After attending her first seminar, Olaya met other people with her religious background, and she began to feel more comfortable about supporting Gabriel. Plus, it might be a way for them to earn enough money to get married.
“I learned that the most important part of this business is having heart because really, it’s all about helping people achieve their dreams,” she says.
And their dreams were to be together and raise a family. They admit it wasn’t easy. “We knew there would be obstacles, like everything else in life, but the best way to overcome difficulties is to never give up,” says Gabriel.
They say their business was like “a door of hope” they could open to show others that they, too, could have a better life. “We want to show them that if we were able to reach Diamond, they can do it too,” says Olaya.
Every day is so beautiful and the future is so bright that we almost have to pinch ourselves to believe it is real. – Gabriel Sánchez
One of their greatest satisfactions is that they’ve also been able to help their own families – they helped purchase a furnished apartment for Olaya’s mother and pay for much-needed medications for her father. “We are also working toward getting my parents a better house,” says Gabriel. “That is our next goal.”
Their AMWAY™ business, of course, has changed their lifestyle as well. “Our children see us as heroes,” says Gabriel. “Our 6-year-old told us that it’s not because we can fly like Superman, but because when he needs us, we are always there. Needless to say, that makes me love this business more than anything!”
“And the fact that our children can join us in the business is the greatest gift of all,” adds Olaya. “It’s not like leaving them a house or money that may run out. It’s a business they can carry on, and that’s the most powerful inheritance we can give them.”
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%.