Every success story begins with a moment of inspiration, and an unwavering determination to pursue one’s dreams. For Samantha and her budding venture, Eleuthera’s Cleaning Services, this journey started with a single message from a friend and led to remarkable growth and community empowerment.
The journey was guided by a powerful motto: “If you don’t get out there and do something for yourself, it will not fall in your lap. Everyday I have to tell myself to get up, get out there, look and see what’s needed. Try not to copy and paste from others; re-invent the wheel. Do not tell everyone about your plans until they are complete.” These words of wisdom reflect her selfdriven nature and the importance of maintaining confidentiality until goals are achieved. Eleuthera’s Cleaning Services stands out in the cleaning industry for its innovative approach. Sam shared insights about her business, stating, “Most cleaning companies only clean for private homes, rentals, and office spaces. However, we cater to local residents, people like you and me, who also need a break from house cleaning. Our vision is to bring on younger individuals within the community who need a little extra money on the weekends or those who
do not have the opportunity to go off to college. We want to mentor, train, and help such individuals.” This unique vision not only benefits Sam’s business but also fosters entrepreneurship within her community.
Many are hesitant to venture into programs due to the negativity surrounding them. When asked what motivated her to join the Disney Grant Programme, she shared, “I have never been one to participate in programs because I have often heard negative talks. However, one of my good friends messaged me and said, ‘Sam, you just started your cleaning business and I know you could use a little help.’ I was still skeptical, but I said to myself, ‘Hey, give it a shot. If it works out, it was meant to be, if it does not work out, there’s always another day and another way.'” Since receiving funding through the Disney Programme, Sam’s business has undergone
significant evolution. She can now offer additional services such as lawn and garden care, expanding her scope beyond traditional cleaning services. The funding also facilitated the purchase of a new laptop, improving her financial management and marketing efforts.As Sam continues her entrepreneurial journey, she has ambitious goals for the future. She hopes to purchase three vehicles to serve clients in different regions of Eleuthera, expanding her business beyond the island, and establishing a foundation to provide scholarships and assistance to others.
To those considering joining a program like the Disney Grant Programme, Sam offers the advice:
“I would say, unless you try something for yourself, please do not make your decisions based on discussions from others. Use yourself as the guinea pig. If it works, great; if it doesn’t work, make notes, start over, evaluate yourself.” Her experience emphasizes the significance of personal experience and learning through trial and error. Sam’s story with Eleuthera’s Cleaning Services exemplifies the power of determination, innovation, and community involvement. Through her journey with the Disney Grant Programme, she has not only expanded her business but also created opportunities for young individuals in her community.
Her story serves as an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of taking risks, staying motivated, and giving back to the community.