Can a teacher and a bunch of kids start a business? Can they start a business overseas?? Can that same teacher, some friends and a bunch of kids start a business overseas for less then $1000 that will instantly hire employees and kick start a dream???
Obviously the answer is NO, what the hell do a of kids and a teacher know about starting a business overseas and employing people half way around the planet? Nothing obviously, they are just a bunch of kids and a teacher.
Welllllllllllllllll one things kids do know pretty well is how to dream. They aren’t beat down by the world yet thinking everything is impossible and that the news channel is an accurate glimpse of the world. Lucky there are a few adults who still dream and every once in a while they bump into other adults who have a team of kids who like to dream.
We stayed with some friends in Africa earlier this year and the Muther of my friend was trying to help some friends and family in Mozambique start the “Moringa Project”. A project that would employ some local farmers, give future to some disadvantaged victims of AIDS and help feed those in need all in one shot.
I know a tall order.
Nonna my friends Mum happen to tell Keli and I about this little project.
This is Keli ( I tried to find the most flattering photo of her I could, so this is a nice one after a race she was in with her face stuffed full of food. She’s going to like this I choose this photo!)
Keli started “Moringa Smoothie Day”. In a nut shell she organised her entire school to be part of “Moringa Smoothie Day”. Putting out a newsletter about the event, taking cash from the interested students, getting the teachers to volunteer to make smoothies, and so on.
Her, some of her colleges, her own kids, a group of select students who were part of her leadership group (these kids are eight years old) and even me! Blended up fruit smoothies for about 400 kids. It went about 300x smoother then I thought it would.
Who needs sleep when you have so many other fun things to do.
She managed to raise about $1000 CND or about 32,470 Mozambique Meticals (money) that morning. $1000 that’s what it cost to fly to Africa, a mortgage payment, a round of drinks in Vegas, a nice suit, a set of tires, a good peddle bike, most of a pair or running shoes, one snowboard board, heck find ten people who blew $100 today on dinner and a movie. Just $1000 and they can start there business.
I’ve started many businesses and not once has it cost my even close to as low as $1000 and I certainly wasn’t hiring and employee with that money.
Here is the actual email from Keli to everyone that helped out and Nonnas overwhelmed response.
Who knew that people with dreams can rub off onto people with an overwhelming amount of ambition who had faith in a bunch of kids to raise money for a bunch of other kids on the other side of the planet for a positive effect business that could be started for under $1000.
Here is the link to the Moringa Project. The lady doing most of the talking is the sister of Nonna, she is hands on with the project and in the community.
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