Eat Your Way To Health!

Eating healthier doesn’t have mean bland, boring, tasteless food. Even the slightest changes in your recipes can make a huge difference. For example, instead of using tradition ground black pepper, sprinkle our Ground Black Seed Herb onto your favorite foods for a bit of peppery zest. Not only do you get that “kick” you crave, you also get all the health benefits of black seed released steadily into your system!
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Black seed contains all the nutrients necessary for healthier living. It is one of the most effective antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and immune boosting agents around!

Still want more? Treat your skin as well! Black seed is also one of the best remedies to beautiful looking skin. Its healing properties treat a wide range of skin problems, such as psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, inflammation and wrinkles. Just blend a spoonful of the Ground Black Seed Herb into your cosmetic products for a natural skin exfoliation!

Click here to get your Ground Black Seed Herb and other natural seasonings!

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Why You NEED Repeat Customers

Business owners invest a great deal of time and money on marketing to attract new customers. And with good reason. We all know building a great customer base is essential to profit. But what some people fail to realize is that most of the time, one of the biggest factors in the failure or success of your business venture is not new customers–it’s repeat customers. Let’s look at why!
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The most obvious reason is that trying to generate new customers is much more costly and time consuming than maintaining repeat customers. Yeah, new customers are great. But the fact is, loyal customers are the heart of your business. The beauty of having repeat customers is that they act as FREE, walking billboards! Through word-of-mouth networking and testimonials your customers can do the hard work for you by telling others about you (as most people tend to naturally do when they’re happy with a service they have received).

So how can you increase the chance of a customer coming back to you?

First purchase deals: The more money someone spends with you on their first order, the more likely they will return. If you offer a special deal on their first purchase, people are inclined to buy more. And the more they buy, the better the chance they will return to you.

Consistency: Strive for excellent customer service and be sure to have popular products readily available. Try to get to know your customers’ names…or at least know them by face so they feel important to you.

Stay in contact: Newletters, blogs, social media, catalogs, etc are all ways to stay active in the customer’s mind. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.

The key to building your brand comes down to trust. Make it a point to bridge the gap between the consumer and yourself. There are many different ways to do this. You just have to find what works for your customers. And it will ultimately transfer into success!

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Making A Difference – Meet Lorencia

Lorencia is 3 years old.  Her family is from a village named Owando.
Her 3 older sisters and 1 older brother are all at the orphanage with her.  The parents are irresponsible – unable to care for their children but continue to produce them. IMG_1720

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Helping to Make Memories

Yochrist’s Special Day

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    Meet Yochrist, a young woman from Congo. This is a very special day for Yochrist. Like most girls, she is extremely excited to be picking out brand new clothes! For her, this is moment is even more special because this is the first time in her entire life that she has gotten new clothes from a clothing store. You can almost feel her delight, gratefulness, and pride when you look at her smile!

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    Although she appears to be a young child, she is actually 20 years old. Yochrist’s lack of growth and dental problems are caused by a hormonal abnormality. She has no father and lives in a shack by the river with an uncle and her mother, whom sadly, works as a prostitute. Because of Yochrist’s appearance, most people think of her as an “untouchable” or a witch–so she is left alone. We were thrilled to be able to help make her feel special, even for just the day. It made her extremely happy to receive her new clothes!

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Making a difference – Meet Messie

Messie is 5 years old.  He was 2 when his father died.  His mother makes money through prostitution.  Again Brice has video of where he lives – he should not be alive but he and Molulu and Emmanuel are alive!!

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This is the little niece of one of our Good Friend kids.  She was the youngest one there today!!

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Homemade Sunscreen

How to Make Natural Sunscreen

    If you love the summertime but hate worrying about the harsh chemicals from in commercial sunscreens, don’t stress! We have the perfect solution for you. Most people don’t know this, but there are butters and oils that naturally provide protection against the sun’s rays—all while nourishing and maintaining healthy skin. Here is a simple recipe for whipping up your own batch of homemade sunscreen. Enjoy your fun in the sun!
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    Ingredients:

    1 oz coconut oil
    2 tbsp + 1 tsp shea butter
    ½ tbsp jojoba, sesame, or sunflower oil
    ½ tbsp almond or olive oil
    3 tbsp zinc oxide – (Can be purchased in a powder form. This makes a SPF of 20+. Can be adjusted according to desired protection level. Measurements below)

    Other optional essential oils (ab ½ tbsp each):
    - Aloe Vera
    - Vitamin E
    - Carrot Seed Oil

    1. Combine coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba/sesame/sunflower oil inside small glass bowl and set inside a pot with a few inches of water (also may use a double boiler)
    2. Allow butters/oils to melt on a low heat
    3. Remove from heat and allow it to cool a bit
    4. Measure out desired zinc oxide and combine with shea butter mixture
    5. Add almond/olive oil (and any other desired essential oils)
    6. Stir well and store in sealed container in the refrigerator

    To use, apply amble amounts to skin before heading into the sun. Reapply as needed.
    Shelf life- approx. 6 months
    Store in refrigerator
    Click here to find ingredients!

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Making a difference – Meet Immaculee

Immaculée is also 15 but in reality she is probably 17 or 18. What a vulnerable age for these young ladies.  So many have gotten pregnant and then are forced to leave the orphanage.  Getting training and then getting a job gives them some value and an opportunity to support themselves.

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  Cocoa is 9 years old.  She has 2 of her sisters that are also at Mpila, Maison de Nazareth.  She has a hard time in school.  When she gets older she also will attend a technical school and learn a trade which will be much less frustrating for her.

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New Acne Abolisher Testers

Help Us Help You!

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Africa Imports is in the process of releasing a brand new, all-natural acne facial soap and we need your help. We are looking for individuals with moderate to severe acne who would be interested in trying out our new Acne Abolisher. The sample is completely free. The only requirement is giving us feedback and possibly photos of your results. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please email us at contact@africaimports.com or give us a call at 1-800-500-6120.

We appreciate your participation!

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4 Ways to Boost Your Sales

Meet Jerome, the owner of Trends of Africa in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Brought up in West Africa by his mother who ran a shop of her own, Jerome now
sells African products in the United States. He currently owns a 3,000 sq/ft retail
location and a thriving website. Here are his personal four keys to success:

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1.Pay attention to inventory
“I pay close attention to which products sell faster…and which ones don’t.”
This makes sure that you only spend money on items that are a good fit for you.
Picking the right products is half the battle.

2.Let technology work for you
“I am able to get new customers through word of mouth and social networks
(like Facebook) for free. I also created a website on which I sell even more.”

Having an online presence is essential to a business these days. Find networks
that have little to no cost and promote your business worldwide.

3.Keep it simple
“I add my sales tax into the price put on the product itself. This way people don’t
have to do math in their head or wait until they reach the register to know what they
owe.”

The easier the buying process is for your customers, the more they will buy from
you. Anytime you can make life easier for the customer, do it.

4.Talk to your customers
“It’s about speaking to your customers and knowing what they like, what they want.”
Jerome is always talking to his customers to find out more about them. By just having conversations, you can find out what brings back customers; how you can fulfill their
needs, and find new customers easier.

Overall Jerome is successful because he understands customer relationships. His methods
are simple, yet they make sure that no part of the management of his business goes to waste.
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How about you? Do you have any tips or ideas that might help someone else be successful too? We would love to hear your story. Email us at contact@africaimports.com or visit us on Facebook and leave us a message!

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Making a Difference – Meet Dorcas

Dorcas is 10 years old.
She has been at Mpila as long as she can remember.
She isn’t sure what happened in the home that brought her to the orphanage.  IMG_1716

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