A career in bloom

If success is defined as doing what you love, Lisset is already living her dream.

Lisset runs her own floral business in Guayaquil, Ecuador, while using her HOPE scholarship to take sales management and accounting courses that will help her develop her company.

“I always thought the idea of receiving flowers was wonderful,” she says, “and it occurred to me that I could create that as my business.”

And so Chapados a la Antigua (“old-fashioned”) was born. Lisset’s already using what she’s learned to promote her business. She uses social media to spread the word, and she offers installment payments to make her flowers easier to afford in her low-income community. She’s also expanding her product offerings, adding chocolate-covered strawberries, snack food bouquets and breakfast items.

Her eyes show strength and determination as she talks about her future.

“This scholarship is an opportunity to grow and leave a positive imprint on the world,” she says. “I like what I do. I work very hard, and I don’t mind working and studying [at the same time]. I dream of improving my business bit by bit.”

Despite her hectic schedule, Lisset still made time to volunteer as a tutor at her local Children International community center — where she encouraged other children to reach for their goals, too. “There are always things we can’t control, but we must persevere.”

Lisset is a shining example of how dedicated youth can take the opportunities they receive through sponsorship and forge their own path out of poverty. We can’t wait to see what Lisset does next.

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Jul 10, 2018

What a beautiful girl you are. Hope your business thrives. Everyone does love flowers. Keep up the good work.

Jul 10, 2018

How inspiring! This girl is seeing her dream come true by working hard and helping her community.

Jul 25, 2018

Amazing work! Keep up the good work Lisset!

Sep 25, 2018

Congratulations Lisset! You have used the skills you were taught to reach your goal. And you are already paying it forward by helping in your community. You are an inspiration and a beautiful young woman. Best wishes for a wonderful successful future!

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