International Micro Business Doing Good in Accumulating Wealth


An international micro business can be doing good as it accumulates wealth.

For example, our Ecuador micro business in roses provides Ecuador scholarships.

Merri and I are stick in the muds when it comes to doing things at night.  We are often in bed before nine… always before ten, unless it is some strange situation.

This weekend though for about the sixth time in 15 years of being up here in the mountains we were out after dark.  The cause of risking being turned into a pumpkin was worthy… a fund raiser for the FREE medical clinic in Jefferson, North Carolina… called the Festival of Tables.  12 groups decorated table settings… we all had a nice meal and an auction.  Last year this event raised ten thousand dollars for the clinic which helps provide health care to those who are not insured and cannot afford health care otherwise.

We contributed Ecuadorian roses and lilies and helped decorate this table.

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Its amazing what 50 roses and lilies can do.

Merri and I love Ecuadorian roses so it is not surprising that we offer them at our site… not for the money, but to help the people of Ecuador.  Our tradition has been to use our flower revenue to provide scholarships for children and to help Ecuador schools… so this was a double pleasure… in that we could help a little in Ecuador and Ashe County too.

Before we look at the benefits of the scholarships,  let me share why Ecuador roses not only create a business opportunity (use them as a fund raiser)  but are a phenomenal value!

See how to create an Ecuador rose business here.

Ecuador flowers make sense because they offer special value.

At $91, for 50 roses, the price can seem high… until one looks at the entire picture.  Half the cost of these roses is the Fedex delivery right to the doorstep.  That’s worth quite a bit… a big value enhancement.  However the real value is shown when you consider the number that the beauty of these flowers last.

Typically a dozen supermarket roses cost $15 to $19… excluding the cost of getting to the store and back.  You have to go there any way.  Right?  So 50 store roses cost $60 to $79.   If lucky, they last a week… more often only three days. They rarely have enough energy to fully open.

Fresh Ecuador roses arrive looking like this.

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But soon open so they…

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look like this.

Fresh cut Ecuador roses are beautiful but also have staying power.  One can always expect nine days… but with good care often much longer.  Many of the last roses were still looking good after an amazing 21 days!

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Ecuador roses after 21 days.

I was delighted to receive this note from our flower supplier in Ecuador,  Roberto Ribadeneira,

Gary, I’ve notice that you are helping out a lot of young people with scholarships, which I think is the best way to help. Education has gone up in Ecuador. This is unbelievable.  How can communities pay that much? In any case I thought maybe we can do a Rose Promotion for the scholarships, that helps raise some funds for the kids who want to go to university.

The idea is to offer roses for Thursday 22, 2011 delivery.

I will drop the price on the roses for that day ONLY so all the monies will go straight to these kid’s education.

In Ecuador where access to education is very limited and most people end up losing their chance to get into higher education, this gives a way to help them achieve their dreams.

In a region such as Otavalo and Cotacachi where there is almost no government related jobs, most people rely on their own effort to make a living. Unlike highly paid autocrats in Quito who make a lot of money with little effort, people in Otavalo and Cotacachi are hard workers that make much less and have less access to put their kids in universities.

Now in an area where going to college is a privilege supporting these kids is very important, mainly because they do want to pursue a dream, and without access to college that dream will be elusive.

I have four students in mind:

Young Jenny Montufar said repeatedly “thank you so much…I’ll do my best to get the best grades and make everyone proud of me”.   She knows that without our help, she may never go to college.  She loves tourism, she likes to talk to people, to welcome them to Ecuador and have them come over and over again. So she is in tourism at a local college, hoping that soon she can guide tourists to every corner of Ecuador.

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Jenny Montufar (right)

So we have four kids attending to college and making their best effort to graduate and go for their dreams. Cristian Simba for example, works during nights and goes to college as soon as he is off from work. So he rarely gets sleep, but he is proud that he is one of the few who can attend college, he is studying how to administer a business and he hopes to apply that to his current job.

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Cristian Simba

Jonathan Guerrero hopes to be (ingeniero de sistemas) a computer engineer, which was unheard before in Cotacachi, where most people work at hotels, restaurants or on leather.  All of those are really good jobs, but far from being with the latest technology. So a young man in Cotacachi may be entering the new era as well.

Everyone has a story and a dream to fill while attending to College, and with a little help they can do it. What it is really important is that they commit to that, and they know it. Because they have to make their best effort to keep receiving help, because like them there are many other kids that need a scholarship as well.

For now these kids have a unique opportunity to make their community a little better, let’s hope that with our effort many more could do the same. But this is a give-give thing, we give them a hand and they stand up to the highest requirement, to be really good students and to make every dollar worth.

A scholarship must be earned and these kids are doing everything possible to be worth of it, and I do believe with a little help from everyone they can go to college and bring knowledge to their communities.

The cost of helping all three students for the next semester is $2,180 and with enough sales we can help these kids get that education.  I know that there are two others who are getting their reports/grades together also…and that you have helped them for the last few years, but I thought that I should help too with an offering of roses.   Roberto

This week until 5pm (EST) Saturday September 17, 2011, all funds that Roberto, Merri and I receive will go towards  scholarships for these three students and hopefully the other two applicants.

Gary

Fresh Ecuador Roses

Fresh Ecuador Roses Delivered to your home by Fedex

Order 25 fresh cut rose for $79.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129.

Save $41. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and first 25 rose order at half price. $169 total.

When Merri and I receive fresh Ecuador roses, they are beautiful. We immediately place them in fresh water so they can…

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bloom.

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By the morning they are fully opened and incredible!  This is only a third of one order.

You can now have fresh Ecuador roses yourself or send them as gifts as well.

You can have 25 – 50 or 100 fresh cut (four days) roses from Ecuador delivered to any zip code in the USA…including Hawaii or Alaska.

Merri and I love Ecuador for the warmth and friendliness in the hearts of its people. We also love Ecuador’s beauty.  When an opportunity to send Ecuador roses and raise money for the poor occurred, we grabbed the chance.

I wrote about the roses, made a special offer and sold over 15,000 roses that raised $6,000 to help Ecuador’s poor. The money was used to provide schooling for gifted indigenous children and to buy a  InFocus projector used in our free English classes for Ecuadorian children that the foundation provides.

So when a chance to offer Ecuador roses regularly, I thought, “Why not”?

There and then I decided to make a special offer. Here it is.

The cost of roses, and especially delivery, have been rising, but we still offer three ways to get 50 or 100 fresh cut roses to your home at really low rates and help create employment in Ecuador  in the process.

I regret that Fedex cannot deliver the roses in Canada or elsewhere outside the USA.

Fedex will deliver them to you within four days of being cut in Ecuador. Open them. If you are not satisfied that these are truly remarkable roses, give them back to the Fedex driver and let me know. I’ll give you a full refund.

To assure the refund you must inspect the flowers with Fedex when they are delivered. If you are not satisfied they must be returned at the time of delivery.

There are three ways to obtain 25, 50 or 100 fresh cut roses and save.

#1: We provide a service called Ecuador Living to assist those with a genuine and immediate interest in Ecuador. This service shares our continual research and experiences in global business, living and investing in Ecuador plus our contacts. We feel the service is a bargain at $119 a year.

#2: Order 100 roses instead. This reduces shipping and the price is only $129 for 100 roses. You save $53.

#3: Subscribe to Ecuador Living Premium Service with your first rose order, I’ll reduce the 50 rose price from $91 to $50. You get your fresh cut, premium roses at less than half price. You save $41.

To order, click on your choice below. I will forward your order to our flower supplier who will follow your order from the farm to your home.  He will first email you a Fedex tracking number to make sure you get the color choice you like best and coordinate your delivery time.

If you do not respond to the plantation to indicate a color choice and time, the flower growers will send the best available color combination for the first possible delivery.

Unless otherwise arranged, and subject to weather permitting, Fedex will deliver your roses to you or your recipient On Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday… within four days of being cut in Ecuador.

Order 25 fresh cut rose for $79.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129.

Save $41. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and first 25 rose order at half price. $169 total.

Three Options – Four Color Choices

To make the exports even better our flower supplier now offers three options and four color choices.

Option #1: Farm Choice Assorted Colors.  2 bunches (25 each) of farm choice fresh cut premium roses.

Option #2:  Solid Color Box.  Your choice of one color. 50 fresh cut premium roses of the one color.

Option #3: Two color Box.  Your choice of two colors. 25 fresh cut premium of one color and 25 fresh cut premium roses of another color.

There are four colors you can choose.

#1: White.  These are white tone roses or creamy white tone roses.

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#2: Red. Red or a red tone rose.

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#3: Pink.  A pink or pink toned tone rose, could either be a regular pink, light pink or hot pink rose.

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#4: Bicolor.  Bicolor roses of red 7 yellow tones.

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Order 25 fresh cut rose for $79.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129.

Save $41. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and first 25 rose order at half price. $169 total.

Premium Quality Roses

I inspected all the major websites offering roses and found when shipping was calculated, prices ranged from $259 (36 Martha Stewart roses) to $135 and $91.94 for 50 roses from the best ranked websites.  These prices are far above our even before we add on our special savings.

Fresher Quality Roses

You do not give up quality for the lower price. In fact the quality of your roses rises.

Most roses go from Ecuador to Miami by air are stored in Miami then shipped by truck until they sit in a store. They can be a week or more old when you see them. The roses you receive from this offer are cut and stored overnight, driven by refrigerated truck to Quito airport and flown to Miami to a special refrigerated Fedex facility until, then flown to your Fedex destination for immediate delivery to your home or office. This means they last longer.

The longevity of the roses depends on the conditions they are kept and their care so a special instruction is included with your roses on how to make them last.

Environmentally Clean Roses

The roses your receive are certified by Veriflora. The VERIFLORA seal is a real,
green program that regularly spot check farms for ecologically sound systems that include:

1- Water and ecological conservation: implementing water management systems to prevent depletion of fresh water supplies.

2- Product quality: implementing practices to ensure the quality of the product through the whole chain of delivery to the final consumer.

3- Advanced agricultural practices: integrating organic practices wherever possible. To only use approved green label certified pesticides. To allow no discharge of pesticides run off into the environment.

4- Waste management: recycling and composting as well as the proper disposal of agricultural chemicals.

Certification means the growers have met or exceeded the requirements. There is no middle ground with Veriflora, no differing levels of certification. You either are ecologically sound and certified, or you aren’t.

That means you receive environmentally friendly roses.

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Here is a red and bi color combination of fresh Ecuador roses we had delivered to us in North Carolina.

Fair Trade Roses

In addition the Verflora seal requires the rose grower to be socially responsible adhering to recognized labor and community standards, specially pertaining to health and safety, work conditions, hiring practices, discrimination, harassment and fair pay.

The growers offer every single one of their workers:

-free doctor and medical treatment at the farm for workers
-day care facilities for infants
-free breakfast and lunch (and dinner when they work late)
-free sports and recreation facilities
-small business loans -when workers want to leave to set up their own small holding farm
-workers fund -for financial help with school fees to buy a car, etc
-complete health and safety equipment provided free -helmets , gloves, masks, etc
-paid maternity leave with a guarantee of work when they want to return
-overtime paid over and above the legal requirements
-Christmas parties, summer holiday excursions, sports tournaments
-a safe and secure work environment with job satisfaction and potential for personal development

There you have it…three great reasons to experience the warmth of the people and beauty of Ecuador…The freshest…best roses…and you help the environment and the poor by having them delivered into your home.

Your roses will come packed in a special protective box.

Order 25 fresh cut rose for $79.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129.

Save $41. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and first 25 rose order at half price. $169 total.

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These are fresh Ecuador roses delivered to our North Carolina office.

“Orders received before 9 am on Sunday normally arrive the following Thursday.

Orders received after 9 am Sunday through 9 am Friday normally arrive the following Tuesday.”

One thing to take into account is extreme weather conditions. FEDEX SHIPMENTS CAN BE DELAYED BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER.

Longevity

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Ecuador roses keep on giving.  After they fade, I put them in a bowl like this and for many more days of enjoy their beauty.

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Then I hang them in the kitchen to dry.

Dried-roses

We make our roses last a very long time because after they begin to wilt, we dry our fresh Ecuador roses as they age and continue to use them. Here are 100 dried Ecuador roses on our stair case in North Carolina

There is one more Ecuador rose longevity benefit we are trying. Sometimes fresh Ecuador roses are so fresh when they arrive that they sprout!

Here are fresh Ecuador roses that I have trimmed… added Rootone and put in pots and set round our pool to see if they will grow!

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Gary

Here are photos from our home of  different Ecuador roses that give a comparison of the colors you can receive.

Other roses in farm choice include these wonderful…bicolors…

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in red and orange.  They are spectacular. Here is…

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a dozen of the red/orange bi color roses.

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25 red roses.

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Red roses.

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White roses in our dining room.

Gary

Order 25 fresh cut rose for $79.

Order the 50 fresh cut roses for $91.

Save $53.  Order 100 fresh cut roses for $129.

Save $41. Subscribe Ecuador Living Premium Service (normally $119).   Get your subscription and first 25 rose order at half price. $169 total.



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