"We also sell honey. My friends own an apiary. The flavor of the honey depends on the flowers that the bees are accessing. At my friend's apiary, they make a variety of flavors, and now their honey has been approved by the USDA. It's organic, certified USDA. "Tagua is a nut that grows on the coast. It's polished for a nice finish to make jewelry. Bracelets made from tagua range anywhere from US$2–US$12. One of my clients buys the tagua bracelets at US$2 and sells them wholesale for US$15 each. I'm not kidding you, US$15! The retail value for the bracelet is US$20. Angel ornaments made from tagua are a bestseller at Christmas, and we deliver each of these in a box. We sell them by the hundreds. The angels sell for around US$7, and people resell those for as much as US$25. "We in the import-export business here in Ecuador don't have access to big accounts. We have built our business on many small accounts, accounts that we can put in place only with the help of someone like you, someone with connections in the United States that we'd never be able to make without your help..." Kathleen Peddicord Editor's Note: As always, we recorded every presentation at last week's Live and Invest in Ecuador Conference, including Roberto's on how to capitalize on import-export opportunities in this country. Now that the final speakers have left the stage, the complete collection of audio recordings is being edited to create our all-new Live and Invest in Ecuador Conference Kit. You can reserve your copy now, pre-release, saving more than 50% off the regular price. Do that here.
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