My wife was/is involved with Sunrider. It is a typical ‘herbal products’ MLM like Herbalife. Take a look at:
for more material on the organisation and its founders.
for general information on MLMs.
Sunrider have a fairly standard MLM business model where the vast majority of distributors don’t make money, though I know one or two who do (as an adjunct to their activities as ‘holistic therapists’ etc). It can get expensive if you try to make it work as a business and aren’t succeeding – my wife spent $350 a month for three years (plus the conference trips and the tapes). Eventually she decided, despite extensive coaching from her upline, that it wasn’t viable for her – which may well happen to your aunt too. My wife is now settled as a consumer plus selling a few products to friends to help pay for her stuff. I’ll admit some of it (skin care, infusions) is OK, though expensive.
Frances, I certainly didn’t see any evidence that the company got involved with pressurising distributors at low levels to neglect/alienate their families if they are not supportive. That’s not to say that it couldn’t happen in an individual case if her upline (the people who recruited her) are so disposed. Do you know who they are? Can you speak to them to get an idea of their approach/motivation? They will be somewhere on the scale between encouragement and exploitation – I guess you are concerned they might be nearer the latter.
My suggestion would be to take it gently – don’t dump all the info on her or make it the big issue every time you see her.
One more thing to think about. What happens to the distributor when the ‘business’ doesn’t work out? How will you deal with this? Support is better than ‘told-you-so’. Will your aunt shrug it off or blame herself for getting involved or for not being able to make it work? This was the biggest problem in my wife’s case. She started beating herself up about her failure. Which was when her upline enrolled her into Landmark. But that’s another story.