If you are an adult team volunteering at ACE, chances are you’ve experienced Rina’s Naniki Naturals products and learned how to make soap and insect repellant. Rina is a single woman who has many talents, talents that have enabled her to get her now-adult children through school and living well with their families.
While Rina is producing great products using all natural ingredients, she needed that next step in organizing her business to understand the back-office operations. With the help of several expert business individuals from abroad, Rina began to get an understanding of things like cash flow, production costs, invoicing and receivables. Believe me, when these volunteers began helping her with these topics, we were all ears. She took it all in and gave herself some time to digest all this new information.
Just this past week, Rina remarked on how much she appreciated the help, was ready to move forward and asked exactly how this thing called Micro-Enterprise with ACE will work. You see, while Rina received a loan to boost her production, it can be difficult for Jamaican business men and woman to understand there are “no strings attached” to the help they receive. Yes, they take a loan with an annual interest rate that is lower than most banks, but even more, they receive 24/7 expert advice and help in developing and marketing business products – you don’t get that from any bank! After all, isn’t that what Christ does for us? No strings attached, just outreach and love? It’s all about the relationship, and we hope we can be a help to Rina’s business success and also a friend to her personally.
We’ve put a tour together on the ACE debrief day at Rina’s workshop if you are not a beach person. You will learn to make soap, eat a fabulous vegan lunch in the yard, make some bug repellant and finish with shopping in Rina’s little store on site. Once you start using Naniki Products, you will never quit – they are very nice, indeed!!