Velauther and Thilaka Arunasalam
You’ve Got to Believe it to See it! – Life could not be better for Velauther and Thilakawathy Arunasalam (Aruna and Thilaka to their Amway friends). Having earned Executive Diamond status in 2010, they are flying high – literally. Barely landed from the Diamond Club event in Hawaii, Velauther flew to their native home in Sri Lanka to visit family and to offer financial support to his former school.
The Arunasalams make it all look easy – hosting business events, encouraging team members, helping their youngest son prepare to start university, and moving into their newly purchased dream home.
Looking back, their path was anything but easy. Velauther left their homeland in Sri Lanka in 1986 to find more opportunities for his family. After attending school in England and then moving to Canada in 1988, he was able to reunite the family in Toronto in 1991. They were happy to be together, but that did not mean that their struggles were behind them.
A chance encounter creates positive change
The Arunasalams and their three young sons, Aravin, Anathan, and Anu, were living in a tiny bachelor apartment. Velauther worked 80 and 90 hours a week at a gas station and delivering newspapers. Thilaka helped with the paper route while going to school full time and learning English. Far from family and anything familiar, they had no choice but to persevere.
Thilaka says, “My husband was working at the gas station and a stranger invited us to a presentation.” Velauther adds, “In spite of all my hours, I was not making enough money to run our house. When I first saw the plan, I did not believe it. I was not ready.”
Thilaka believed they should give it a try, and reluctantly, Velauther agreed. When their first bonus check arrived, the tables took an unexpected turn. Thilaka was conviced she had made a mistake. “Six dollars and twenty cents!” she says, “ I still have the stub.” Discouraged, she did not want to continue. This time, it was Velauther who persevered. “I believed it was the right thing to do.”
Thilaka was not happy about her husband’s decision. She recalls, “Trying to reach PV levels each month with our children was hard, but we never gave up.”
Velauther adds, “The greatest challenge I had was understanding people. I had to grow as a person, to better myself, and to show others that I cared. I started reading books and I noticed that the business was changing how we thought. The people we met were so helpful and it was that association that we found valuable. By listening and learning, I knew this was going to change our future.”
Thilaka adds to her husband’s reflection. “I was new to the country and had a low self-image. I was not comfortable with approaching anyone, and the language barrier was huge. Time was my other challenge! Our days were exhausting, but we stuck it out.”
One shared goal
Velauther and Thilaka both agree that, at first, they had no goals other than much needed income. As months passed, however, and Velauther’s PV continued to increase, Thilaka joined the effort, focusing on ARTISTRY® skincare and cosmetics. Less than a year later, the Arunasalams reached Silver.
After they reached Silver, Velauther took Thilaka to an event. Thilaka recalls, “As I listened and met people and saw what we had done so far, I realized it was all going to work. That was when I said ‘we can do this.’” This tireless couple became more involved and embraced the social support and new friendships.
Velauther says, “At the beginning, we learned through our mistakes. We can help others avoid them. Today, the internet has made building the business faster and easier! To people just starting I say: ‘Listen, read, and ask questions.’ It is so easy to show and explain the business because of the tremendous support we receive from the corporation; everything is so accessible and direct with the new website.”
Exceeding their wildest dreams
As the Arunasalams settle into their new, almost 9,000-square-foot home, complete with acreage and pond, they are thrilled with the reality that they have exceeded their wildest dreams. They continue to financially support faraway family members who chose to stay in Sri Lanka. And they look forward to thinking of new projects to support.
“There is only one business I feel gives you this kind of peace of mind and financial independence. It’s emotional when we realize what our AMWAY™ independent business has done to improve our lives.
We are so grateful.”
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%.
Diamond Income Disclosure