When I was young I loved to help my mother in the kitchen. She taught me how to make delicious pies. Pineapple still is my favorite flavor today.
My husband works for a company and because of the current pandemic sometimes they do not give him his salary, or he would only get paid part of his wages. There even have been times where he wasn’t paid for several weeks. This put a great financial burden on our family. We had to borrow money to get by.
Due to the pandemic restrictions and the needs of my family, I stay home to help take care of our three daughters ages 2, 12, and 15. One of our family’s biggest challenges was not having computer equipment or a good cell phone. My two older daughters needed to have access to the internet for their online classes. I had a very old cell phone, but it would fail all of the time and my daughters couldn’t connect to their classes.
I wanted to help improve our financial situation. I thought that I could make and sell pies for some extra income. I did not have a stove at our home, so I had to travel by taxi to my mother’s house. We spent all day cooking together, and then I would sell our pies to our neighbors. This brought in a little extra income.
This inspired me. I wanted to start my own business. I wanted to find a way so that I could provide a steady income. A friend told me about Mentors International in Mexico. They offer business training and mentored me as I was starting my business.
After much searching, I was able to find a medium-sized used stove. My husband and I cleaned it thoroughly. I almost immediately started baking pies. My husband is very supportive of me and my business. He will go to the store and help buy ingredients when I need to stay home and take care of our daughters. He actively sells my pies at the company where he works. Sometimes he sells out of my pies before he even arrives at work. His colleagues ask for more.
Together we practice the principles that I have learned from Mentors International. We invest in our business. We keep good records so that we know how much we are making and how much to sell my pies for. I saved my pie earnings to buy a new cell phone. Now I have internet access and I am able to use social media. My 15-year-old daughter helps me advertise on social media. This has really accelerated my business growth.
I was very afraid of failure. I wasn’t sure if I could start my own business, or even if I could make a profit to help support my family. Participating in the classes from Mentors International helped me gain confidence. I am putting into practice the principles that I am learning. I have two budgets. One for my business and one for my family.
I went from selling about $10 USD in pies a month to selling around $75 USD a month. This extra income greatly helps supplement my husband’s income. We are also using this income to help pay off our personal debt. We have also started a small savings account. We are saving to pay tuition so that my oldest daughter can attend high school.
The weekly mentoring visits I receive are so important. I am learning to better manage my time. It is very difficult to work and take care of my 2-year old daughter at the same time. My daughters are a great help. They help watch their younger sister while I bake. They also help me make the pies. Teaching them how to cook as my mother did with me.
I am coming to understand the value of work, effort, and dedication to achieve my goals. I have discovered that I am strong. That I can accomplish so much more than I thought I could. I hope to share these lessons with my daughters.
I sincerely thank Mentors International for all they have done for me and my family. I have the confidence and drive to keep moving forward. I have a great hope for the future.
We are now saving to purchase used computer equipment for our daughters so that they can connect to their classes better. I have the goal to increase my sales. I am adding more varieties of pie flavors. In addition to pineapple, I am now selling cheese and walnut flavored pies. I am also selling different sizes of small, medium, and large. Neighbors are telling others about my pies and my sales are increasing.
I am going into local stores to see if they will sell my pies from their shops. If I am able to increase my sales I want to purchase a bigger over. One day hire some of my friends to help make pies. Helping other mothers that need additional income.
I am very happy with the mentoring I received from Mentors International. I couldn’t have done this without their lessons, support, and encouragement. – Sandra from Mexico