Good Friday, in Ecuador, is remembered in different, distinct ways by the indigenous.
On Good Friday and several other sacred days during the year, the Indigenous believe that their friends and families who have passed away want to come back to this world and visit them. As a result they visit in huge numbers to Cotacachi cemetery.
Indigenous family at Cotacachi cemetery
Simple but well-tended crosses
Easter in Cotacachi has its own distinct flavor; for example it is totally natural for the Indigenous to consider taking food and drink to offer to their deceased and while I was there I noticed a very light energy about the cemetary.
Serious prayers were taking place, but there is a contrast between the sorrow and grief of the elders and the vigour and light-heartedness of the younger generations.
Amongst the community there are certain elders who are recognized as being especially devout. They attend and pray for the recently deceased on behalf of family members. The elders, often lacking materially, do this in return for alms.
Indigenous elder prays
Ice cream also seem to be a traditional food on this day. The ice-cream vendor in the cemetery was doing a roaring trade at 25 cents for an ice-lolly. Ice lollies consumed, food offered and prayers recited .. it’s time to head for Cotacachi’s main square to see the impressive processions.
Indigenous ladies leave cemetery
Indigenous Culture – young vitality
Yet even on the holiest of holy days… business goes on… even at the cemeteries.
Ice cream seller in cemetery
Masapan is one business that grew from cemetery celebrations and creates a way to have micro business that provides charitable benefits as well as income.
There are more explanations about why it is good to remain active are below.
A special art form called Masapan, made from bread dough is made into almost anything and is great as an export.
Masapan evolved from Ecuador cemetery celebrations which include giving to the spirits of their departed loved ones. The celebrants gave food, leaving it at the graves… usually bread and fruit. Since most of these celebratory dates are in the rainy seasons the bread was quickly dissolved and left a mess. Someone created the idea of making the bread so hard it was impervious to the wet. Next someone thought of shaping them like fruit and painting them.
Viola! An art form began.
Here is it is as tiny fruits…made into pins, fridge magnets and such.
Over the years the rat evolved into many different forms but it is good to remember Masapan’s root… a focus on giving.
Looking at the giving of a business is important because the great pleasure of service we can gain makes business better for everyone. Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers-The Story of Success”, explains numerous studies have shown that those who have a fulfilling business are happier and healthier as well as better off financially.
The three keys for a business to be satisfying are:
#3: A direct relationship between effort and reward.
This is why earning in Ecuador or globally offers such satisfaction. This method of earning fits all three requirements.
A reader recently sent this note: Gary, I learned that you have helped many communities in Ecuador. I admire that. At the end of the day, helping people other than oneself is when one really makes a difference. People feel good helping others and seeing communities thrive.
There is a lot of poverty in Ecuador. I am a firm believer that education can alleviate it.
As you know, there is an impoverished province in Ecuador, Esmeraldas, from which many of the soccer national teams players come. A handful of them have even made it to intl’ teams. Unfortunately not everybody can be a soccer star so to get out of poverty everybody else needs to get an education. The problem is that many kids barely finish high school and have no way to go to college. Attending college in the big cities of Quito or Guayaquil is usually an elusive dream.
Moved by the situation, an old Italian priest put together a program sponsored by some of his Italian friends to bring youngsters from Esmeraldas to Quito and help them get through college and obtain a degree and a job. A beautiful initiative that has produced a few graduates that now are helping their families. The challenge is that his old friends are passing away and the new generations are not carrying on the funding. I have personally being helping with my own money to keep the project running but there is just so much a person alone can do. I think there are many other people that would be delighted to help such an effective program grow to new levels. We are teaching these kids how to fish, not giving them the fish in a Venezuelan wellfare fashion.
What would be a good way to give some of your 30000 readers the opportunity to help this project and feel good about it? You are a wise man that went through a lot of trials and tribulations and hence will sympathize with this cause. Please advise me on how to grow this initiative and do more good for the Ecuadorean youth.
Here is my reply: Jean, congratulations on your good work.
Because there are so many charitable causes looking for funding, we do not ask our readers for donations even for our projects. We are asked regularly to give and how would it be possible to say no to one and yes to another?
Instead we donate all the profit… plus quite a bit more of our other Ecuador profits from our flower sales and hotel instead. Our total donations are nearing a million dollars now… more than we have earned in Ecuador so this makes us feel really good.
I recommend that you create a micro export business… some product from Ecuador that you can sell and donate the proceeds. Regards, Gary
Helping the poor is a global social economic concern we all need to be involved with. There is a growing trend of people wanting to see the whole picture and do more than just earn.
For example, when people previously went for a cup of coffee they wanted the best coffee, served in the least expensive, fastest, most convenient way. Now more and more buyers want more. They want to know where the coffee was grown, what type of coffee… what did the growing process do to the environment… how were the processors and growers of the coffee treated?
They ask what will the coffee do to the body and environment? Was the cup organic? Is the cup recycled and so forth?
Starbucks is a good example. They launched an aggressive plan to ensure that its coffee came from environmentally friendly farms paying workers a fair wage.
They were setting up strict rules on everything from forestation to pesticides to labor practices.
Starbucks made this move because they have suffered bad publicity from coffee drinkers who wanted more than just a cup of coffee.
*See a bigger picture.
*Consume and invest in values not just material value.
*Are highly sensitive to being mislead.
*Are willing to pay a bit more for a whole product.
*Are getting organized.
So if you have discovered that due to, what seems like misfortune, you have to work more… be happy. You may live longer, healthier and happier.
Back to Masapan.
Here is how to turn bread into dough… the cash kind by making fund raising products out of dough.
Roberto Ribadeneira’s export service helps delegates visit the village of Calderon and look at masapan. Masapan is made from bread dough that is glazed and baked rock hard. Delegates see all types of goods being made. Masapan offers excellent Ecuador exports opportunity because it can be shaped into almost any form ranging from beautiful flowers to toys, nativity sets and much, much more.
Masapan products are excellent Ecuador exports because they are light and compact for low cost shipping, the product is inexpensive but with a little value added can be marked up enormously.
As Ecuador exports they have be made into pins, refrigerator magnets, necklaces, earrings and ornaments. Exports delegates get to see how these Ecuador exports can be merchandised in many ways.
One delegate who owned a number of Hampton Inns in the USA had masapan flowers and llamas created to use at his hotel as a turn down treat. So many guests asked for them that he created a small leaflet and began selling them. Later he began wholesaling to other hoteliers.
The last time I talked to this exporter he was having pins made in the form of his University Alma Mater mascot to sell at college ball games and such.
samples of masapan.
There is also a masapan factory near Cotacachi (Quiroga) and near the colonial Inn Land of the Sun.
Ecuador Export Business IdeaLive anywhere – Earn in Ecuador with an export business in Ecuador.
Create an Ecuador exports business with Roberto Ribadeneira’s Ecuador Export Tour. Merri and I have worked with Roberto for nearly twenty years exporting many products.
You can arrange an individual tour designed especially for you.
Lake Quicocha near Cotacachi.
Visiting another country is great, but it is even better if you can do business while traveling!
Come to Ecuador and learn all about exports to the USA, Canada and Europe while visiting amazing places and earning money.
* You may be able to deduct part or all of this trip from your taxes.
* You can buy products to sell back home.
* You can learn about exporting from Ecuador to anywhere.
* You can even bring ideas to manufacture in Ecuador with great quality and competitive prices.
Coming to Ecuador not only won’t cost money but will make money for you.
Here is a note from Roberto Ribadeneira:
Let me share all the knowledge, contacts and products I have accumulated over decades of exporting. Make your trip to Ecuador the beginning of a great business opportunity.
Otavalo Market. Learn about Tagua…a vegetable, sustainable, renewable ivory.
Let’s see some numbers.
Tagua bracelet. Cost in Ecuador is $2.50 it is sold in the USA for at least $12.
Tagua necklace. Cost in Ecuador is $3, it is sold in the USA for at least $15.
Metal Bracelet. Cost in Ecuador is $1, it is sold in the USA for at least $10.
Shawl. Cost in Ecuador is $2.50, it is sold in the USA for at least $11.
Scarf. Cost in Ecuador is $3.00 it is sold in the USA for at least $12.00.
These are just few examples of products that are inexpensive and have huge margins. But there is also another plus; you can request specific improvements on those products.
But let’s go over some numbers and specific ideas.
1- You want to sell a tagua bracelet to a University in Colorado, but everyone can do that, what they can’t do is sell a tagua bracelet with the University’s color. We can dye the tagua bracelet to match the University’s color, same goes for any other tagua designs and even for shawls and other textiles. If you make just $9 on each tagua bracelet and you sell 100 units, you are making $900 on 1 order. And this is just 1 product, and this is just 1 University. You can apply this idea to any education center in the USA.
2- You see designs of leather products that you think could be made better, or different. There is a niche market where you can sell them. The manufacturers in Ecuador can make any design, on any color with major improvements over the original idea. You can even request to put a logo and special details on the products. We have a major company in the USA that wants our leather iPhone 6 cases, but they want them with their branding and specifications that other cases don’t have. So we are making the leather cases exactly as they want them. Margins on leather products are around 60% retail and 20% wholesale. Orders for medium size companies come in the hundreds, so you can make good money selling leather. Customers and myself have made thousands of dollars selling these products.
3- Selling Roses to final customers is another amazing way of making money. What I am doing right now is reaching to people that want to raise funds for specific projects and teaching them how to use roses for that. On one specific program we are donating $20 to $40 on each box sold to a Water Project in Ecuador. The response has been unbelievable, people enjoy the beauty of Roses from Ecuador but also contribute to a good cause at the same time. Since there is no limit on quantity of flowers that you can sell, there is no limit on the number of people that you can involve in this idea.
Rose Farm Processing Facility.
4- Selling wholesale. This is the main goal for the July course that I want you to take here in Ecuador. If you find a store, a chain, a website or any other vendor that sells unique and cool products, you are in for a great business opportunity. Their orders are in the hundreds and even thousands of units. Margins are lower, but since you are selling more, that compensates. The nice thing about this part of the business is that these big companies are looking for different products, so if they buy 1 from you, there is a big chance that they will buy many, many others. Remember that our manufacturers can make the products with the customer’s specifications, so there is no restriction on design that your buyer may want.
As you can see there are many ways in which you can make money while visiting Ecuador. That is why I have designed an Ecuador Export Course that can be especially customized for you.
We work 3 full days together learning and searching for products that you could buy. You and I will go over ideas, product designs, web design, shopping carts, SEO and other details on how to get as many customers as you can.
Leather Duffel Bags.
The course includes taking you to the manufacturers, sellers and export companies so you will have all the contact information that you need to move forward on your business. There are dozens of manufacturers that make every type of product that you can imagine. Most of them already work with big importers all over the world and have proved that the quality of their products is amazing.
If you would like to sell retail, I will also show you how to design a website, create products, a shopping cart, how to set up the system to charge your customers online and the basics of promoting it.
There are plenty of places to visit and ideas to explore. Among the places that you will visit while on the Export Tour are:
– San Antonio de Pichincha
This is not just another course, this is THE COURSE. I don’t just teach you how to Import Products to the USA, I also work on the import-export business myself, which means that I have the experience and knowledge to give you ideas and solutions.
Jewelry is one of many Ecuador exports.
Ecuador has evolved as an export center and I have expanded my export service to create custom export tours that fit your schedule and particular desires.
I arrange for you to meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers of products that suit your business ideals and arrange visits of workshops, homes and markets.
You can learn about exports as diverse as jewelry or wood products.
Ecuador has great art exports.
There are wonderful handmade crafts like the chess set below.
This tour goes to the high Andes.
You’ll see products from Zuleta where they create handmade “green” cotton-one-of-a-kind tableware, shirts, specialty items.
Here you see them in hand sewn embroidery from the village of Zuleta. In this Andean community near us hand embroidery has been an important form of artistic expression and adornment for centuries. Andean cultures have long boasted superior textiles, far surpassing those of Europe. The weavers of the Andes could produce material with as many as five hundred two-ply woolen wefts per inch compared to one hundred in Europe.
The women of Zuleta are renowned for unique hand embroidered designs and colors. Their styles are so unique they have become a form of cultural identification.
Flowers are popular in Otavalan sweaters as well. Plus the ladies of Intag make flowers from plant fiber.
My main exports are flowers, but we send many products and have the Ecuadorshop Logistics Service to help you become an exporter.
Roberto speaking at a seminar about how he can shop, ship and charge for Ecuador export businesses.
Here is a Ecuador export business I arranged for a tour delegate who sold to the Texas Rangers.
Texas Ranger badge.
Almost everyone has heard of the Texas Rangers. They are the oldest law enforcement body on the North American Continent and have helped bring in many famous criminals like John Wesley Hardin and Bonnie and Clyde.
We were really tickled to hear from a delegate of the Ecuador Export tours that he had sold hundreds of embossed Ecuador leather backpacks to the Texas Rangers and that was just the first order.
Here are some of the services we offer to help you export from Ecuador to the USA.
#1: A US company.
#2: A continuous bond, which has to be purchased each year to be eligible to register to import with the US Customs.
#3: A broker who has a power of attorney authorizing them to handle your imports.
#4: A US bank account to pay US customs department when taxes and duties are due.
Plus if you are selling direct to customers and accepting credit cards, you need:
#1: A verifiable credit history and Social Security number.
#2: A gateway company to process the charges.
#3: A credit card merchant account.
#4: A certified, secure shopping cart.
#5: An annual PCI compliance review and certification
#6: An EIN number provided by the IRS
#7: A sales number issued by the state of Florida.
#8: A Physical US address (PO box not allowed).
#9: Monthly accounting system.
#10: IRS annual sales report.
We can help you organize all these steps.
Our Ecuadorshop Logistics Service provides all these services for exporters.
There are two more very special benefits.
First, our logistics service can pay manufactures in Ecuador.
Second, our service can monitor production and quality and assure timely delivery.
Many people try to export and find really great products that they sell really well. However once they return to the US they can’t restock unless they return to Ecuador. If they do reorder but are not present for delivery, they are at the mercy of the manufacturer… which creates a huge quality control problem. These importers get whatever suppliers here send them.
Many don’t even try to reorder. They don’t know how. They don’t want to wire money without seeing the product and being are of delivery.
Many others just have no idea or find that the income is not worth the time, effort and cost of all the red tape.
The good news is that I do not get in-between the importer and buyer either. I set a price for my service and the importer knows his product cost.
Our service is provided for a set fee so the importer knows all costs and can price his product accordingly.
This is a great service that provides every detail for importing products into the USA. We have used this logistics service ourselves for years. One big benefit is that the service can send each product direct to the buyer in the USA. We sell Ecuador roses… charge the customer and deliver the order to our logistics service. Everything else is handled by the service. The tracking notice and the roses are delivered direct to the buyer. The logistics service then charges our credit card and pays the supplier… so no money has to be wired to Ecuador.
The Ecuadorshop Logistics service makes large and medium scale Ecuador exporting possible. Exporting can be fun and fulfilling as well as profitable. Improved technology continually makes having your own global micro business easier if you have support.
Wood Carver in San Antonio de Ibarra.
Come to Ecuador and make extra income while learning about global trade and expanding your possibilities.
Ecuador has amazing products that are unique and very affordable. This makes them more attractive and more lucrative. Additional to this you don’t need to make thousands of items to get a good deal. In Ecuador most products are hand made, which means that specifications and quantities match what the customer needs.
Have a great experience in Ecuador while doing business. You will learn about Ecuador, the products and the people.
In addition to help the success of your export business Gary & Merri Scott are giving each course attendee their online course “Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business”. This is a $299 online course that I asked the Scotts to provide to you free.
This course focuses on how to use modern technology to start and run or improve a global micro businesses… that can create valuable extra income with minimal investments of time and capital.
You learn how to start small and build with stepping stones and a harmonious focus… how to build a successful at home business via the internet using several profit generating phrases at Google.
You gain the secrets of how you can use words to create your own global income… whether you travel or stay at home.
The course shares how to create a website and utilizes the first four of “Seven Ps” (Person, Problem and Promise, Product) to zero in on key word phrases. Then you learn how to use the Fifth P Promise to develop new customers. The Sixth P is the Prospecting Path and Seventh P is the Presentation to create income.
You can gain all the facts on how to use the seven Ps to create internet sales. The internet can support your Ecuador Export business.
New Super Highway Quito Airport to Cotacachi.
Food, accommodations and travel to and from Quito Ecuador are not included. Travel on the tour is included.
This is a three day customized tour. We fine tune the schedule depending on what you would like to see more as you may have more interest in certain products. We make adjustments based on your business needs so the tour will be most beneficial to you.
Here is a typical three day tour
Day One: Leave from Quito to Cotacachi at 09:00. Start at 12:00 in Cotacachi, visit to leather town to see what products you can make in leather. We visit suppliers and manufacturers for ideas on what you can buy or have made.
Lunch break 14:00 – 15:00.
16:00 – Go to San Antonio de Ibarra to see wood products, meet manufacturers and review designs that can be exported from Ecuador. Visit ends at 18:00.
Day Two: Start at 10:00 after breakfast at the hotel. Visit Otavalo for Tagua and textiles. Visit see manufacturers, review products on what can be purchased or made. See how to develop personal labels. Find volume discounts etc. Meet with supplier for new products to make, high-end tagua items, new products of bamboo, baby blankets, baby products, Christmas products. Products made of Alpaca, specific designs.
Lunch break 13:00
14:00 – Talk to cargo agency, see packing, costs, how to ship, taxes, etc. 15:00 – Visit manufacturer for sweaters, shawls, and other textiles, he can make specific designs for you. 17:00: Create a website, a shopping cart, manage logistic, storage and shipping cost with FedEx or Mail Service.
Day Three. Starts at 10:00 after breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Otavalo Market, fair day. See all the products available, purchase items for business, talk to all the vendors, see different products, low cost textiles, low cost jewelry, ponchos, sweaters, shawls, products for under $2 a piece.
12:00 – Tagua, jewelry, what designs you can make, cost of personalized items. Jewelry store for Tagua products, they create designs for inexpensive tagua jewelry.
13:00 – 14:00 lunch. 15:00, see rugs, alpaca products, honey products, flowers, etc. End at 18:00
“Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business” will be emailed to you when you enroll.