It Was the Oranges – Ignacio (Nacio) & Carmelita Ramirez

Arizona, Carmelita recalls their rocky start in the business. “We were truck drivers, but we couldn’t keep the business going, so Nacio went to work at a lumberyard.”

Ignacio (Nacio) jumps in. “Immediately, my co-workers warned me about Jose, another co-worker, because Jose says he’s going to be a millionaire.” I tried to avoid him, but one day, Jose said, ‘Never reject what you don’t know or criticize it. It may be the opportunity of a lifetime.’”

Nacio adds, “I realized the wisdom of that phrase. After I listened to Jose, I pretended not to be excited, but I called my wife right away.” to tell her. Carmelita did not immediately accept the idea.

A few months later, there was a big IBO event. Nacio told Carmelita ”I am going to work this business because I love you and I want to give you a better life.” Still, Carmelita wouldn’t listen. I bought oranges and sold them door-to-door until I had enough to take her with me! After the event, we both believed we could succeed as IBOs and nothing ever stopped us, again – that was seven years ago.”

God is so generous.  I believe if I can help others reach their dreams, He will help me reach mine. I will do this business until my last breath. My kids, Elisa and Jose Ignacio, are my engine, my fuel, and my internal strength. The best I can give them is the courage in falling down, getting, and staying up.  That is the legacy of them being proud of their parents.



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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