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We've made it.


After more than 3 years of looking for someone who has the courage to lend us the money to start our own, profitable business we found a group of people who trust us, who have seen what we have done in the past for Africa. As an NGO, we have initiated projects in Senegal and Cameroon, and even after 2008 we never had the idea to give up.


We had to realize that most people don't understand the mixing of NGO and profitable activities. Either that or the other, although I always told them you can't do non-profit stuff when you don't have a profitable company associated which can support those projects.


Today I received a call that we are getting the required US$ 5'000 which allows us to start. And we will. You see, in the US it would probably have been easier than here in Switzerland to get even such a small sum (some told us, hey, you should have asked for 50'000, 5'000 seems not serious....but why should I ask for more than what's needed ? Gotta pay it back, right ?). I always said when there's one thing I like about the US it's their readiness for risk. Here, you can have n arguments and it doesn't work...


But, to all people here, like George or others who seem to have a hard time - NEVER give up. It will come up eventually, and when you fought for it so hard and long, you're wise enough not to waste what you finally got.


And my invitation to Senegal stands. Until end of the year you'd have to pay your stay, but it would be minimal cost. You'll need no hotel. We're a BIG family :-)


BTW; US$ 5'000 seems not much. But a) for a person on the dole to get that - pretty difficult, and for a guy who's 59 even more difficult because b) They ask: 59 and you don't have that small amount ? They never seemed to consider that I spent more than US$ 200'000 of my own money in my NGO projects since 2001. But it's exactly that which pays off now when I'm back there. People haven't forgotten that in Africa, as I found out.


Kaushik Venkatasubramaniyan Added Mar 14, 2017 - 3:24pm
Good luck Stone. You have lift off! 
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 3:25pm
Thanks. I'm on cloud no. 9 :-)
EXPAT Added Mar 14, 2017 - 3:59pm
Now it is up to you to make it work! Stick to business.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 4:31pm
I will, believe me. That's the last chance I get, and I intend to use it. I've made enough mistakes in the past. But mistakes can either discourage you or enforce you ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 4:33pm
BTW: I guess people will understand that I will limit my time on Internet as from April ;-)  After all social media is not LIFE. It's a temporary replacement for it.
Ric Wells Added Mar 14, 2017 - 4:55pm
Stone congrats. By the way what you call mistakes I call learning experiences. Best of luck. 
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 5:33pm
Thanks. You see, I come from Berne. We Berners are slow learners. But once we know, we don't forget. Our dialect is also slow, so the rest of the Swiss call us nice and cozy people, but "hey, did you GET it ?"
We do. But we think before we speak, that's why we appear slow. And in the end we're right ;-) 
Ric Wells Added Mar 14, 2017 - 5:37pm
I would equate slow as being thoughtful.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 5:47pm
Stone-Eater Added Mar 14, 2017 - 5:48pm
Thoughts don't bring profit in the short run ;-)
Ric Wells Added Mar 14, 2017 - 6:34pm
You can't have ideas and dreams without thoughts. Acting up on these thoughts ultimately leads to profits in many forms.
Ric Wells Added Mar 14, 2017 - 6:43pm
All inventions and innovations by humans begin with a single thought. Even if one stumbles upon something it is that thought What can I do with this that acts as the springboard. Profits follow but thought comes first. My opinion.
Shane Dean Added Mar 14, 2017 - 7:10pm
Well, congratulations.  Here's hoping for a long successful future!  Partly selfishly, because I have always wanted to go to Africa. 
Ric Wells Added Mar 14, 2017 - 7:18pm
Shane most of what I saw there when I went was beautiful.
Leroy Added Mar 14, 2017 - 8:35pm
It's showtime! Break a leg.
EXPAT Added Mar 14, 2017 - 9:48pm
 After all social media is not LIFE. It's a temporary replacement for it.
A truth rarely understood on Social Media. But do keep us informed as to the progress of your company.
That will be REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE, rarely exposed on WB.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 14, 2017 - 11:30pm
Bon Chance Stone, fare well. 
George N Romey Added Mar 15, 2017 - 5:04am
Congrats on the new project. I'm sure it will be an overwhelming success. A great story indeed.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 15, 2017 - 6:59am
Thank you all guys for the good wishes :-) I will make sure to keep you updated !
Dino Manalis Added Mar 15, 2017 - 8:21am
Congratulations!  All the Best!
Stone-Eater Added Mar 15, 2017 - 8:28am
Thanks Dino !
Shane Laing Added Mar 15, 2017 - 9:50am
Outstanding news Stone well done. I wish you all the best and look forward to meeting you there.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 15, 2017 - 10:02am
Anytime :-)
Stone-Eater Added Mar 15, 2017 - 2:17pm
+++ News +++
Next project will be the purchase of 1-2 ha of agricultural land to plant hot peppers which we will be able to export to the neighboring countries like Mali (contacts made) and Guinea Conakry.
That first investment of 5'000 US$ allows us to:
- actively work for 3 months at least
- secure the land (walls and ground work)
- request a credit on the base of the land (3 months active
  work certification needed in order to get credit) which is
  currently valued at US$ 15'000
- buy the needed agricultural land, irrigation and pumps
  and get workers to start.
We reckon by end of 2017 we will be able to pay off the credit and get into the real plus by mid-2018.
That's how it works in Africa :-)
Stone-Eater Added Mar 15, 2017 - 2:19pm
BTW: By "land" I mean my little lot on the beach bought in the 00's.
Eileen de Bruin Added Mar 16, 2017 - 9:48am
Hello Stone, this all sounds so exciting and wonderful and the result of hard work and faith.  It is truly amazing that such things can get off the ground in spite of the difficulties.  It would be wonderful to see you all go from strength to strength. Small ways, slow and steady - I suppose that the Hare and the Tortoise story has a lesson for us.  Your keeping at it has meant that it has come to something.  Rather than letting things run away with you and dishearten you or dissuade you, you carried on and will do so.  It really is fantastic work and it will be a pleasure to follow you on WB.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 18, 2017 - 7:06am
Thank you very much. All those reactions on WB prove to me that it's worth fighting for your dreams, and I'll be happy to provide you with 1st hand stories of Senegal, also by adding pictures :-)
Jeff Michka Added Mar 18, 2017 - 1:03pm
Well, well... Are the funds "hebrew free, " SEFa?  I'd extend congrats, but given your anti-semitic stuff, can't endorse you. Therein lies the rub for members of the WB gentleman's anti-semite club; they'll never get out from it's moral shadow.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 19, 2017 - 5:06am
I don't know I guess so. Actually we were supported by the Catholic church although they know I don't believe. But they are bosses at the place I work for the underprivileged here in Switzerland. They appreciate my work here and are tolerant enough to support us.
For that I really lift my hat to them.
Stone-Eater Added Mar 19, 2017 - 5:09am
BTW I'm not starting to discuss that Jew stuff sgain. That time on WB is over. It has worn out.
Jeff Michka Added Mar 19, 2017 - 11:09am
SEFa writes: 'm not starting to discuss that Jew stuff sgain. That time on WB is over. It has worn out.  You mean the WB gentleman's anti semite club is being disbanded?  What will the Swastika Twins and Billy the nazi do?
Stone-Eater Added Mar 19, 2017 - 11:28am
No idea. I just said I'm tired of that stuff. Got better things to do now than endlessly discuss politics and history.
Eileen de Bruin Added Mar 19, 2017 - 12:48pm
Stone - well said!  I am particularly interested in your projects. I am trying to persuade my hubby to do a trip to Africa - I have never been. No. Not ever - ok a couple of weeks in Tunisia once. My hubby, on the other hand, travelled somewhat in Africa including Nigeria, South was always intended that I would go with him on some occasion but that never worked out due to work and commitments and life in general.  My "love" for Africa is based on such romantic things as "Out of Africa", Nelson Mandela and my memories of the efforts to remove Apartheid which was a school interest;  we even had films from South Africa, shown in the school hall. It was vividly painted and encouraged that we boycott fruit from South Africa!  That is a long time ago. The very idea of such a beautiful landscape etc. is appealing - the shock of the depletion of wildlife on such a huge continent is palpable. I would love a trip to Africa especially now that we have the time. Given my other half's experience of travel in general and Africa in particular, he is not keen to say the least.  He reckons that it is just too dangerous, wherever we would go in Africa and that it just isn't worth the risk.  I do wonder what you think about that.  In any event, please keep us up to date with your projects.

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