Today, I have a husband and two children, a boy of ten and a girl of nine. When I started working with Tupperware, my husband was doubtful and my kids objected, “But you’ve already got a job!” Calmly, and firmly I gradually won them over by presenting products and doing demonstrations right in our home. When they saw me come back radiant from the weekly meetings (where perhaps I’d been given an award for my sales) they noticed and shared my happiness. My kids started asking me for Tupperware-style dishes and recipes, like the Tyrolean dumplings we sampled in Austria on vacation made in the bowl, or ice cream whipped up using Speedy Chef in just ten minutes with all natural ingredients. My husband loves to be a guinea pig and try out all the new recipes I’ll be presenting at a party. As for me, I adore making the mini croissants. My customers are always amazed at how nifty the molds are. And they love the croissants!
Recently, my unit manager congratulated me at a “meeting of the Cinderellas”. It may sound strange, but that's the way it works: you become a princess in the magical world of Tupperware! You share your time and friendship with so many people who love what they do and are happy. The ability to meet so many wonderful people has made me feel both happy and fulfilled. At first I was not even sure I could be a demonstrator because of my hearing problems. When my neighbor recruited me, I turned down the idea even though I was curious about the opportunity. I used the excuse that I already had a job at the Coop, a family, and a home to look after, but I agreed to host a party in the end. So, with the help of my cousin, colleagues from work and a friend of the family, I set out on my new adventure. Excited and a little anxious, I organized my first party. I went to meetings in the distributorship to get a clearer idea of the way it worked, and slowly, almost on tiptoe, I ventured into this new world.
I was given help and support by my unit manager, the distributor, and all of the other women I had gradually gotten to know in the process. Today, after three years as a Tupperware demonstrator and if I take stock of what I’ve achieved, I can confidently say that I’m now capable of running my own business and I can do it without a phone. Success in business has strengthened me and you have to be brave to do direct sales. It has taken me a lot of courage to tell my story, believe me! At first I wasn’t sure I could do it. And yet, here I am; talking about the breakthroughs and the sudden changes that sometimes make a difference to our lives. Unexpected opportunities come up every day in our lives, and you have to be quick and brave enough to catch them. My disability led me to become a strong and brave woman, and I am proud to say that I love the work that I do and how it encourages me each day to remain courageous and strong.