Philippine Project Notes:
Delivering Rice to the mill - late at night.
“Helping people is a good thing. Helping people AND getting your money back is BETTER!”

By Tim Roach
Copyright 2009

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Business venture Info: The people we are working with are not looking for handouts, just an honest helping hand.

Business venture Info: What steps are involved to allow short term use of funds and how the money is returned.

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Normally we do not keep people working this late at night nor does the mill keep the doors open. However in this case a Grower which had never worked with us before, after talking to a lot of people in the area, decided to sell to us. Unfortunately when he finally made up his mind it was rather late in the day.

Normally, since it was starting to get dark, we would have simply suggested they cover (place protective water resistant tarps over) the rice and leave it where it was until morning. Unfortunately, in this case, a rather strong storm front was threatening to move into the area that night, so leaving the rice in the field was not an option. With the volume of rice he was selling. We worked out a volunteer bases deal with everyone (the grower’s workers, the mill’s workers and our workers) to work rater late into the night to bringing the rice in from his fields.

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Getting the people to work late might not seem like a big deal to many, but, after a long day of very heavy, very hot grueling manual labor, working into the night is not something many will even consider doing.




In this case, however, there were several hundred sacks of rice at stake. Which means that if we buy the bags and get them to the mill, the miller and the mill workers will have consistent work for a little over two weeks. As they would process our rice in the mornings and then process lighter (multiple client) runs in the afternoon. Basically this deal alone would keep the mill running non-stop for quiet a while, everyone working and getting paid (even if no one else brought anything into the mill to be processed).

Keep in mind that very few people here receive a salary, most are day labor, if there is no work, there is no pay. So there was other motivation and incentive for the people being willing to help us. No rice = no work = no money. But often even then often people will not work over, plus the mills close and lock thier doors when it is closing time. Fortunately we have a fairly good working relationship with the mill and the staff.

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To give you an idea of how much rice we are dealing. Most of the bags of rice you see in these pictures are from this purchase, plus some more against a side wall that are not pictured. (Basically between this batch and the other rice deals we made earlier in the day, we filled up the floor space in the milling area.)

For the area, this was a huge positive step forward in getting everyone to work honestly together. Rather than the people trying to take advantage of the situation.


Business venture Info: What we are doing and why.

Business venture Info: The people we are working with are not looking for handouts, just an honest helping hand.

Business venture Info: What steps are involved to allow short term use of funds and how the money is returned.


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