Mary Ana, our Ambassador located in Santiago de Chile, is a Social Entrepreneur as well as a Supply Chain Manager and was recognized as “one of the 100 most influent women in her country in 2016” for her social work! So far, she has already organized 2 PrestaShop meetups in Santiago and, as a reward for her amazing involvement, she has been chosen to be our Ambassador of April. We've asked her a few questions, check out her answers below.
Three words to best describe you:
Social, passionate, cooperative.
If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
"1000 Closed Doors" and it would talk about overcoming the obstacles.
What is your hidden talent?
Make digital animation
A favorite line from a movie?
“There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” Morpheus (The Matrix)
If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go and why?
I would go to Venezuela because it’s the country where I was born and it needs me.
What is your favorite local food or drink?
My favorite Chilean drink is “Cola de mono” in English “Monkey's tail”. It’s a traditional Chilean drink served during Christmas time. It contains mainly “aguardiente”, milk, sugar, coffee, and cloves.
Cola de Mono (credits : restaurante kaialde)
Give us a fun fact about your country:
In Chile we are used to earthquakes: when there is one measuring 5 or 6 on the Richter scale, it’s normal to see no one moving or reacting! People just look around to make sure that it has already passed. There is a system for measuring earthquakes based on the way Chileans react: it was created for the 2015 Copa América to inform tourists what to do in case of an earthquake.
What is your favorite PrestaShop store?
telasparatapizar.com is one of my favorite stores because it’s very tidy, I always put it as an example to show what an online store should look like.
What opportunities does PrestaShop provide in your country?
Prestashop delivers endless opportunities, Chilean merchants have great things to sell inside Chile and around the world.
I am working with small businessmen to improve their businesses and I am supporting them in the creation of their online stores, my goal is that at the end of the year I have supported at least 12 merchants.
What is your feedback on the new major version, PrestaShop 1.7?
I am using the new version now in the stores that I am creating and I consider that it is much friendlier than the previous ones! There are still some details to improve, such as the fact that the images of the categories are placed on top of the text of the categories, and there are many translations in Spanish that I am writing down to send as feedback.
About being an Ambassador
What is your proudest moment as a PrestaShop Ambassador?
It’s during the meetups when I receive the acknowledgments and comments of the attendees for having helped them, I am determined to support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Chile and this makes me feel very satisfied.
What do you like the most about being an Ambassador?
As an Ambassador for PrestaShop, I feel that I have a solution to deliver to the online commerce needs of small Chilean merchants. This empowers me to make people dare to try PrestaShop as the best solution to sell online.
A last word?
I am very proud to be a PrestaShop Ambassador, it is an ecommerce solution that I have known for a long time and I remain completely sure that it is the best way to develop an online store!
Thank you very much Mary Ana!
See you next month ;)