Photo from National Geographic video... see more below.
That’s the power of capitalism… to create “EKIGAI” that can help overcome poverty, inflation, illness, crime… giving and serving through trade can eradicate them all.
This is why we created our course International Business Made EZ (IBEZ) course to help people have a better “EKIGAI”.
See what “EKIGAI” means below.
Now we are making real businesses available to subscribers of the IBEZ course. Our recent message Global Freedom introduced how we are working with a dozen companies to create special starter packages and training programs and how we are starting first with these five businesses.
#1: Jyske Global Asset Management (JGAM)
#2: Ecuador Imbabura Export Products
#3: Bio Wash
#4: Essential Oils
We are not involved with these businesses (other than we love, use and recommend their products). We won’t make a penny from any reader’s business with them. These ARE NOT franchises or MLM deals. Our only goal is to make our courses more effective and our subscribers more successful so they have more “EKIGAI”.
This message looks at Imbabura Ecuador Export Products and I want to especially focus on benefits of exporting beyond the profit… the “EKIGAI”.
One benefit of serving others is longevity. There is a great short video at the National Geographic site entitled “Longevity, the Secrets of Long Life, Sights & Sounds.” This is where I learned the word “EKIGAI” that describes what I have always known and valued.I have linked the video at the end of this message and recommend your taking a look.
One of National Geographic’s explorers studied three areas where the residents were especially long lived, Okinawa, Sardinia and Loma Linda, California.
Some of the conclusions we should expect… Traditional natural food… Social interaction with friends, family… taking days off….not becoming marginalized… plus having ekigai… the phrase those in Okinawa use as “A Reason to Wake Up”.
The video sadly also points out that two of these long lived areas… Okinawa and Sardinia are losing their longevity qualities. Families are breaking up. Older generations are being marginalized.
Technology is driving stakes between generations. The busy life modern technology gives everyone and the ability to travel… to learn and communicate globally almost instantly is replacing (and in most places has replaced) the genetic and location centered social interaction of the family. That life is very much gone and like Pandora, modern social ways will be hard to put back in the box!
The same technology however allows us to create our own new families and friends almost anywhere through service in business. Take an Ecuador exports business as an example.
When you become an exporter you create your own family… your customers and your suppliers… bringing them together through your expanded horizons of the world. No one doing something this good is marginalized!
Bonnie Keough on A Team Ecuador reports how families are being created on her export tours right now.
These are photos of the Sergovia family.
This indigenous family lives in the countryside near Cotacachi. They all work together in the family weaving business. The males do the weaving, the females spin the fleece into yarn and dye it with natural colors.
When I first visited them in 2010 they had no electricity and no indoor plumbing in their house. It was basically one large room with a dirt floor. This is where the family lived and worked. The room was filled with large looms, yarn and a bed.
They had candles in wire hangers over the looms so they could see to weave after dark.
Their home and yard was neat as a pin and they were very happy to have our export tour visit them. Currently, their goods are sold by only a few vendors in Otavalo.
My first tour to visit their workshop was in September, 2010. They welcomed us into their home and demonstrated their weaving skills for us.
The delegates enjoyed meeting this hard working family and bought many of their products. They gained a much better appreciation of all the time and skill involved in making these traditional Ecuadorian handicrafts.
I returned with a tour in November. One of the delegates on the tour has a wholesale business and placed a very large order with the family. He ordered 500 tablerunners from them.
I saw this family’s eyes light up when they realized he was serious. They promised delivery in two weeks and they delivered the complete order on time.
When I returned to their home with my January 2011 tour group, I was happy to see an electric service box on the outside of their house. This was tangible progress. There was no electricity yet, but it was in the works.
Our April group visited the workshop and the lights were on! Only a few naked bulbs hanging from the ceiling, but they have electric lights and no longer have to weave by candlelight.
It’s so gratifying to see the positive impact our tour visits have had on this family. Maybe in a few more years, they will have an indoor bathroom!
I’m always looking around for artists and products. Every tour someone asks me “How did you ever find this place?”
Here are some…
Ecuador export tour…
An Ecuador export business can be small and earn just a little (to pay for your trips) or a lot. One delegates just delivered 600 leather back packs. Large or small… a business in imports and exports can help earn more and help others to live longer to enjoy the earnings with good “EKIGAI”.
We are creating a support program so Ecuador export tour delegates can have a support team in Ecuador to help with shipping and followup orders as well as sales and marketing assistance.
Meet Marge… 100 years old and renewing her driver’s license. Photo from National Geographic’s website linked below.
Click on National Geographic’s Longevity, the Secrets of Long Life, Sights & Sounds