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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Healthy Weight Loss Tips PLUS Special Offer

Oh no! Summer is here and you still haven’t shed those nagging couple of pounds. It’s never too late to take action. Losing weight doesn’t have to be a chore. A few simple little changes can go a long way. There are also great products here to assist you in the process of a healthy lifestyle, such as our African Mango Capsules.
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***Order before July 15th, 2014 and get 30% off this and all of the Motherland Medicinal products
Just use the promotion code MM30
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African Mango is a powerful super fruit known to speed up weight loss and increase metabolism! Diabetics can also benefit, as it helps to moderate and even lower blood sugar levels. Pairing this supplement with a healthy diet and exercise can give you the boost needed to fight against obesity and diabetes.

General Tips:

- Avoid sweet drinks. Soft drinks/soda pop, fruit juices, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sweetened iced tea and flavored milk.

- Avoid fast foods. French fries, hamburgers, nuggets, and pizza are high in calories and cause weight gain.

- Eat a healthy breakfast. People who skip breakfast tend to weigh more.

- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Aim for about 2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables daily.

- Small changes in physical activity can easily be added to your daily routine. For example, take the stairs instead of elevators, or park further away from a store’s entrance when you go shopping. Even those that are home-bound can work off some calories by increasing the number of times one walks around the house.

Remember, of course, that you should always check with your doctor before starting any weight loss program or taking any type of supplement. With weight loss, there is no quick fix, however a healthy eating plan and regular physical exercise should be the foundation of any weight loss program.

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Dad’s Homemade Shaving Cream

Lets get creative this Father’s Day!
Forget the power tools and coffee mugs that will probably get used every now and then. Why not whip Dad up some all-natural, homemade shaving cream that he can use every single day? It’s an easy, thoughtful, and not to mention, healthy way to show Dad you care.
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Here’s how:
Ingredients:
-2/3 cup Shea butter
-2/3 coconut oil
-1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
-1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
-10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (suggestions below)

Utensils:

-Double boiler or pot with glass bowl
-Spoon/Whisk
-Empty container with airtight lid

Directions:
1. Using the double boiler or a glass bowl over a pot of simmering hot water, combine the shea butter and coconut oil. Allow the butter and oil to melt together slowly on the lowest heat setting, stirring occasionally to blend and smooth.

2. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of olive oil or grapeseed oil and 1 tbsp of sweet almond oil.

2. Once these have melted, add in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Oil Suggestions:
-Dry skin/Eczema – Chamomile or Lavender
-Hydration- Sweet Orange
-Normal skin – Jasmine
-Scarred or infection prone skin- Eucalyptus or Rosemary

4. Transfer bowl to the fridge and allow the mixture to harden.

5. Once it has solidified, remove and let it re-soften a bit.

6. Using the whisk (or an electric mixer) whip until the mixture softens slightly–like the consistency of frosting.

7. Allow bowl to sit for a couple minutes and then transfer to an airtight container.

Store in a cool dark area. Shelf life is about a month.
Click here to get all the ingredients you need!

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