Before we leave for a week to our friends on Ameland; Here’s an update on the latest developments. We have had a busy week with many new developments. Sometimes we notice that we need a lot of patience and on some days there is a lot of progress.
In the newsletter we said in a heading that we have a departure date. Subsequently, this was not stated in the text, which made it all a bit unclear.
We do not yet have the exact date of departure, as tickets are becoming cheaper almost every day. This way we can of course save a lot of money 🙂 Our plan is to go to Ethiopia from the beginning of August to the beginning of September. It now seems that we have an important appointment at the beginning of August, after which we hope to be away for about 4 weeks.
The photo below shows the yogurt cups that we start with when we start producing for the dairy factory. Last week we came into contact with another dairy factory. (also set up by Dutch people) They are still in a start-up phase, but they will immediately take a big approach. We will be talking to them soon. It would of course be very nice if they could also purchase products from us and we could immediately start with a significant purchase.
A month ago we had no idea how plastic is processed and made, but we are slowly getting there we know more and more about it. Gerard in particular has already studied this extensively and has also spoken to a number of machine suppliers. Yesterday we visited a manufacturer near Hamburg. He told us a lot about the different machines. The advantage of this supplier is that it can supply small machines with few or no computers. This is very interesting for us. It’s better to have smaller machines instead of one very large one. If something breaks, you have to come to a complete standstill with one large machine, but you can continue with the smaller machines when one of them is at a standstill. The disadvantage within Western countries is that it requires many more employees and is therefore much more expensive, but in our case that is actually positive! The more people you can offer jobs to, the better. In addition, the labor costs are low, so it is not relatively more expensive. In addition, an important advantage of these machines with few computers is that you can train people more quickly to work with them and to solve malfunctions.
Between the companies we also have many agreements with sponsors/interested parties and possible investors. We don’t yet know exactly in which context we want to work (from a foundation, joint venture, etc…) but it is good to know that there are people who want to work with us. We are moving forward step by step and God will also make this clear. We continue to find it special that we have so many good/thinking people working with us… really great!
We still have a lot of things to take care of today. We also pack our bags again and head to our next ‘home’ for one week: Ameland! Have a good holiday for everyone who is still going away! As soon as there are new developments, we will let you know as soon as possible.