Myrna is among those women who started from scratch and today has over 1500 employees, has founded 4 organizations and has won 65 awards. Her story is definitely inspiring for any woman who wants to be empowered. Although she was a shy child, she started selling earrings and T-shirts, but never neglected her lessons. In her interview for Global Woman she describes women around the globe, revealing their values. Her dreams have changed over the years, but she has always focused on helping others. Today, having fulfilled herself as a mother and as a businesswoman, Myrna enjoys her country and the humanitarian works she does
How do you remember your childhood and how connected are you with the memories you have?
I remember very well my childhood experienced because I was treated as a second class citizen. It has been a tradition in a Chinese family that girls are treated secondary and the boys are always given preferential treatment. Girls normally don’t get inheritance but only dowries. I was almost given away to my relative in China since I’m the second girl in the family. But this did not discourage me instead I became a fighter and act like a boy, I even fight boys who bullies me most of the time because I was dressed up in boy outfit by my mother with the belief that the next child will be a boy. I was very independent and does not fear anyone. Yet I prayed a lot to Mother Mary and Jesus to give me guidance. I had boils all over my body so my classmates and teachers avoided me. I was always alone that enable me to observe the poor people in our province. I told myself that I will be rich, successful and beautiful when I grow up so I can help a lot of people. And with God”s guidance, my dream come true.
How did your business journey start, what was your initial idea?