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down to business.. Baan San Fan

21 December 2010 3,521 views 7 Comments

Update

I very much believe in making your own luck but sometimes life takes a fortunate turn…

contacts & contracts

On the way to Baan San Fan with Karen from Andaman we stopped at Wicked Diving in Khao Lak.
We were delivering hand made soap from another project that Andaman work with – a nearby Muslim village. Wicked Diving give the soap as welcome gifts to guests who go on their live-aboard trips (no prizes for guessing my recommended diving school in Thailand..). Paul runs Wicked Diving. His business chat is as decisive as his ink is attention grabbing. We all chatted about what WD are looking to do, what Karen is working on blah blah. The next bit Karen attributes to me but honestly I have no idea why, I just stood there…
WD explained they’re putting together special welcome gifts for Christmas and did we have other goods that could be included. Karen fished for her sample of Baan San Fan coconut oil and moments later we had an order for fifty small bottles. Paul and I also had a good chat about future opportunities to work together..

self sustainability

Later, when we told Gai about the order she was delighted. There’s lots more to say on this subject and it’s something that I feel passionately about, but in short, Gai is committed to making Baan San Fan as self sustaining as possible. She’s seen donors come and go, and she knows the most secure future for the home and her children is a future they’re more in control of. In addition, if they have more income they can expand the home to look after more children (they get calls all the time) and to look after the current children for longer.
There are many projects that Sam and Gai are working on and selling coconut oil is one of them. Over the next few days I watched Gai make the oil. I won’t say I helped, it would be completely untrue, but I did work on some additional packaging touches and coordinate delivery, aka, sent an email :)

the cross sell..

When we went to deliver the oil yesterday Paul made a lot of time to speak with Gai and myself. The reaction to the oil, and the packaging was both what I’d hoped and predicted (phew). We’d also taken samples of soap and bags that Gai makes. Paul picked up all the soaps to trial on the boats, and three of the bags – two for his own Christmas gifts (good man) – and one to put in the gift shop next door to see how it would sell. I explained to Paul that from what I understood the price Gai had quoted for the oil meant she was selling at a loss. I wanted to discuss it with her more (tricky to get details & needs to be chatted through carefully) but I wanted Paul to know in case he ordered more in the future and the price went up. He doubled his offering price for the existing order on the spot. Told you he was decisive didn’t I…
Paul and I spoke again about further opportunities to work together. Two things I’m concerned about: 1) it’s really important that Gai doesn’t take her focus off doing what she’s best at – looking after the children, and 2) the tourist season here is roughly November to March so the rest of the time WD can’t offer Baan San Fan any business.

celebrations

Anyway, that’s just precautionary. On the way home Gai, Sam and I had lunch out (big treat) phad thai and coconut milk – totally delicious and nice to have noodles, not rice for a change! We chatted about the morning and Gai & Sam seemed happy but I had thought that amount of income would set them on fire! They were adamant that they sold so much because it was god’s will. Fair enough. This doesn’t seem like the time to explain about post credit-crunch tourist dollars.

the cross sell pt ii..

Today we had more good news… Paul popped an email asking if Baan San Fan could do an emergency supply of fifty soaps because the Muslim village weren’t able to fulfill the order. Fortunately Gai had enough materials in and we were pleased to say, ‘yes’ we could do this. Everyone got down to work right away…

making a difference

The most regular source of income here is the garage out front that does motorbike repairs. I have no idea what the profit is per week/ month but I do know that what we got in revenue from WD this week is ten times what the garage takes in revenue on a really good day.
I knew that I’d be able to do more here than play hopscotch & make beds but I have to say I’m really pleased with this result. We’ll see what else comes of it. For sure Paul, his team & contacts and Karen & her contacts here are a great start for some of the business ideas that I’ve been incubating for a while… wts

namaste xLuce

Update

22 December – got an email from Paul confirming that WD would like to use Baan San Fan to supply their soaps for the rest of hte tourist season. Total order around 500. YeeeeeeeOw. Surely that deserves a beer people…? Surely….

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