When COVID-19 hit the Dominican Republic Milaring and her parents all lost their jobs. It was a very difficult time. With just a high school education Milaring didn’t have much experience or educational training to help her qualify for a better paying job.
A friend of Milaring’s told her about Mentors International and the mentoring and vocational courses that they provide. Hoping to improve her opportunities to find a job Milaring started taking the graphic design course at the end of 2020.
During the course, Milaring was inspired to start her own design business. Milaring created logos, business cards, invitations, business images, and more. Advertising her business on Facebook and Instagram, Milaring started getting new business. This new source of income allowed her to help support her parents and family. Milaring’s business was still new. Thanks to the ongoing mentoring from Ruth she learned proper business principles that helped her business grow.
Milaring wanted to start another new business and call it “Copito Cases” making personalized mobile phone cases. She needed additional capital to start this venture. After completing her business training she applied for a micro-loan of only $500.
Milaring has collaborated and volunteered her time designing invitations and other graphic projects for her local church. She has also created some graphics for Mentors International in the Dominican Republic to use for promotions of their courses and programs as part of her “Service Currency”. Paying it forward, Milaring is grateful to help Mentors International, as they have provided her with so much help and support.