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It's been a while...

It's been a while since I promised Jennifer that I would make an entry in my journal. I can judge how long ago it was because I said my son had his first teeth coming in and now he's got 5 and a half of them!

To say juggling a J O B, a baby and entrepreneurial activities is difficult is an understatement, but I keep plugging away, trying to make little steps.

The website is about 90% where I'd like it to be and I encourage you to visit it!

The main challenge I face, is shipping costs for these items. My business model is to charge a fair price for fair trade products, but from Mali and Afghanistan the shipping is a limiting factor.

Does anyone have any ideas???


JMKELLAM's picture



I'm so glad I stumbled upon your post. The website is at 90%. It looks wonderful to me. It was fun reading about the products you offer. Fair trade is such a noble idea and it will hopefully soon (with your help) be the standard! Why should Westerners be paid fairly but no one else?!

I wish I knew more about shipping and had advice for you. The only solution I can think of is bulk shipping. What if you shipped a large amount to the states at once and had someone or a company here distribute them as orders come in.

You are juggling three huge things. Right now I am having trouble juggling one job. You are an inspiration. Your son has 5 and a half teeth? How old is he and what is his name? Does he look like his mother?

Good luck with all of your ventures.

In friendship,

Jenna Kellam

sallyreb's picture

Beautiful Website

Hi Tamara,

Your website is beautiful! This is a wonderful business model.

As Jenna mentioned, bulk shipping seems as if it would provide the most cost effective method of sending your product. Perhaps you can find a partner or ally who would distribute your product. If I think of anything else I will let you know.

Please do keep us posted on how things are going.


erica's picture


Hello Tamara,
NDOPCRAFT is a non-profit fair trade org.based in Cameroon.The main objective of NDOPCRAFT is to improve the welbeing and safeguard the livelihood of marginalised artisans and farmers in Cameroon based on fair trade principles.

Our org. will be grateful to supply your company with exquisite handmade crafts and skin products ,produced by women groups.

By purchasing our fair trade products you empower the rural woman to become economically independent and to contribute positively for the development of their communities.

We look forward to working with you.

Best regards


Tamara Herzberg Tesch's picture


Hi all,
I went off radar for a while. Had a 2nd child last year! Thank you for your kind encouragement. To Erica, do you have a website with more info on the company?

Time does fly.

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