“My small enterprise is a food stand called a ‘fritanga’* that I operate outside my home every Saturday.
As soon as I heard about a free course on running a small business, I went to see Amara, a woman who also sells food in our district, and suggested we attend it together. Right from the outset, the idea of learning more about how to run a business appealed to me.
At the information session I learned that the classes were to be held on a week day and at first I thought that meant I could not attend since I had no one to look after my young son, Jefferson, but I managed to get everything in order at home and happily the instructors permitted us to bring our little ones to class. I was determined not to miss a class and my son Jefferson would not have let me if I wanted to. In fact, he was even more impatient to get there than I was, no doubt because the instructors brought activities for the children. Jefferson definitely kept me motivated!
The classes helped further my knowledge and updated my accounting methods. Now, I will put into practice everything we learned about business planning; in particular, purchasing control records, which I did not keep before.
I would also like to report that I have been able to share what I learned and take it beyond myself. I help my sister sell soft drinks and showed her how to keep inventory records and shared information we learned about managing a business.
One of the things I like most and find the most useful is setting objectives with a completion date. For example, in August, I set the objective of having a larger cooking grill and a new refrigerator before the end of 2017. By December, I had acquired both of them. That not only made me happy but also gave me the desire to work even harder in the new year. Of course, that also meant that I had to set new objectives for myself. My principle objective is to expand my business.
My experience with ANDECU was very good. I want to thank the instructors who gave the courses for their time and above all for their patience. They always kindly replied to my requests for clarification. I hope that we will continue to receive instruction in the future.”
(Original text in Spanish)
* Fried chicken, meat, banana, along with salad are the main plate of these businesses called fritanga.