Enriching Lives Through the Power of Steemit

in anarchism •  last year

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A shared journey into the world of Latin American farmers, the premium goods that they produce, and a start-up venture.

In my first post here on Steemit, I mentioned that I work with farmers in Central America and will be importing their products into the United States. The current relationships that I have with these farmers have been developing over several years and we have been building trust with each other. I trust that they will deliver premium and specialty-grade coffee – as they already have – and that they will continue to produce premium cacao as well. They trust that I can pay them their asking price and that I will not misrepresent them or their products in the consumer markets.

The reciprocity is critical to our plans going forward, as we are circumventing the usual manner of business in the coffee industry, where large foreign importers buy massive volumes of coffee from what are called “third-tier exporters” in the producing countries. As a small start-up, I cannot guarantee quantities and I rely on my farming friends to reserve several lots of coffee for me, which I may end up not being able to purchase if my plans here don’t work out. Meeting the farmers, spending time in their homes with their families, and proving to them that I am interested and invested in their farms and their craft has pretty much been my only collateral. Luckily for me, my physical presence there and my genuine interest in their lives carries a lot of weight with them.

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After many discussions with these farmers in Costa Rica, we have agreed to make investments in the farming communities as the company grows. Not only do I pay the producers directly and forego all of the middlemen, but I will also dedicate a percentage of our revenues to community projects in the farming regions. Some of these projects will include purchasing musical instruments and developing learning programs for interested students, providing needed sports equipment for students and athletes in the farming towns, offering English language classes so that better paying jobs in the larger cities and beach resorts may be more easily obtained, providing much needed funds for the physically and mentally disabled who are often neglected, and generally improving the lives of those in the local communities by listening to the actual residents and doing everything in our power to assist them through projects or programs that they would like to begin.

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But before any of this can happen, I need to have the appropriate revenue streams.

As I move towards the heart of the start-up phase for my business, there is certain equipment that I need in order to scale the business to a level where larger wholesale accounts can be secured, in addition to my direct retail sales. I am hopeful that Steemit – the creators and voters in the Steemit community – will help me achieve that goal.

My plan and my promise to you, the Steemit community, is to dedicate 50% of my revenues from all of my content here to my business and its related projects going forward. (And I won’t just be writing about my company full-time.) Any portion of the money that is no longer needed for business equipment will go directly to the additional community programs. I will keep the Steemit community regularly updated on my progress and keep a tally of the funds acquired and used for each aspect of the company and the various programs.

Essentially, you – the readers – will serve as my initial crowdfunding participants. I’ll supply quality content and you can choose to support it based on its merit, based on your desire to see me accomplish my dreams and goals, or based on your desire to see improvement in farming communities in Central America. In essence, this will be a blogging journey of sorts and an experiment to serve multiple purposes of growth and development.

With the power and influence of Steemit – my ability to create content and the generosity of your votes – we can not only create a successful company, but we can also create a successful blueprint for voluntary international cooperation among businessmen and enrichment programs that will actually have a positive impact on the lives of children and families in extremely poor communities.

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No coercive states. No middlemen. No non-profit organizations eating up valuable resources on administrative costs. Just you (all) and myself making substantial positive differences in real human lives.

Let’s make this happen together, voluntarily. Be a part of something new and truly unique without any risk to you, but full of rewards – and not just of the monetary kind. And who knows…if everything goes well, you may even get a free bag of premium coffee out of it!

Follow me and track our progress together! If you have any questions about my business or this project, just ask!

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What a fantastic venture. I support wholly what you are doing, even though I cannot do it with actual funds. Here, take my up-vote! I am looking forward to your progress and further updates on not only your business, but the community you are working for and with.

I am saddened I am only a minnow and my vote may not do much, but it is a drop in a bucket that I hope will soon be filled by whales.

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All support is appreciated! Thank you for the kind words. I will definitely post my progress as this moves forward. I can't think of a better way to use this platform than by demonstrating what voluntaryism is from a business perspective. I'm already working on several projects with my friends in Costa Rica, so once we have the funding, it won't be long before we start putting them into action.

Thanks again!

This sounds like a great project, David. Hopefully a whale like @dantheman will find this and support it as I think he'd appreciate it's value.

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A whale or two (or all of them) would be fantastic! And thanks for the support!

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Definitely an excellent project. I wish you the best brother!

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Thanks!

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Maybe I can get @ned and @dan to pick this up...

(Not sure if these tags work to get their attention.)

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I'm not sure either. I haven't really used them before, but thought this one might be worth it.

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It appears that the whales aren't interested and I really don't know how to attract them. Tagging apparently doesn't do anything.

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Someone mentioned how the "feed" section of the site is taking away from people searching for new content. Might be a bit harder for new people to get started now and noticed by the whales.

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Shouldn't the whales understand this though? I would imagine that they'd figure it out and search for the new content themselves. If they aren't doing that, then it kind of defeats their purpose, doesn't it? They would basically just be fans of the "celebrity" class of creators.

I honestly don't understand how they operate anyway. Maybe I'll get some traction on my next post. I guess we'll see.

How about European branch, a lot of coffe lovers here too

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In time, perhaps. The proximity of Central America makes this a more manageable project for me. Just a 2.5 hour flight to get to Costa Rica. But you never know. Follow me on this journey and I may end up in Europe at some point.

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Hi again David.

Now this is just a wild idea that hit me as @paszokonik sugested the European market.

I'm in Spain, right smack in the middle of the European food-basket so to speak, the endless fields of greenhouses in the province of Almeria, dubbed "Mar de plastico", or "sea of plastic" in English.
It's of mind-blowing proportions...

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Now, almost everything here, you can probably get both better and cheaper in central america, but there is this one thing that only really grown well in Spain, with a virtual global monopoly, and that is olives. Should you one day decide to expand to this produce, or the oil from it, I can potentially hook you up both with olive-farmers, and a very respected organic and high-quality solar-powered oil producer.

Oro del Desierto

I could probably also help hook you up with potential coffee and coco customers in coffee-crazed Sweden (where I'm from), and maybe even here in Spain. Just a thought.

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Excellent info! I will definitely keep that in mind. My wife's side of the family travels to Spain occasionally to visit one of their family members. I can always see if they'd be willing to pick up a few test products. If that time should come, I'll certainly be in touch with you. I'm Italian, so I would definitely appreciate some good olive oil.

I wish you well in your business venture David! It looks like you are well on your way to living the dream man. :)

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Thank you! I still have a lot of work to do, but everything is lining up nicely and the products are top-notch. Should be ready for retail sale very soon.

Once that's established, it'll be time to start planning projects. That's when the real fun begins!

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It's not technically work if you love what you do. :) And thats how it seems. Mutually satisfied parties is the way it should be.

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You're absolutely right about that. On both counts.

This sounds very worthwhile and I have up voted and followed you.

Hang in there! Steemit is a bit of a lottery, but the more you post quality pieces, as you have, the more likely it is to get a winning ticket. Best wishes!

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Thanks, Kenny. I plan on posting quality content at least 3 or 4 times per week. I have a lot to write about, especially related to my business and experiences in Costa Rica.

Keep being a dreamer! It's working for you. Love the photos as well.

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I appreciate that. I think the photos are the best part about these posts. And I don't have to rip them off of some stock photo site. (Not that there's anything wrong with that). If someone doesn't like the writing, they can at least upvote based on the images, right? But even those could use a little work. I've decided to put more emphasis on my photo quality when I visit in the future. Always looking to improve everything.