Posted by: cgross1 | July 31, 2011

Back From The US!

I just got back from two weeks in the U.S. which was awesome, and the perfect break, except for the four days of straight travel, which were rather taxing. But I am happy to be back, though I will continue to miss the awesome food and being with my family. But on an exciting note – only two months until I will have been here one year! I only have a little over a year left until I will be able to come home for good. I feel like I have so much to do before then!

An update on my association – we have been working on soaps – or we were before I left for the states. We have new packaging, one retail package for larger stores that want to buy in bulk, and an artisan-like package for tourists and organic-like stores and boutiques. We are currently trying to partner up with an association of women here in the capital who make recycled artisan paper. Hopefully we should have a complete packaging/marketing system set up by the end of the year for our new soaps. The soaps that we have now are: honey, green clay, neem (an insect repelling plant), and aloe vera with lemon. Hopefully we will be expanding this a bit, but for now we are working on perfecting these soaps!

The association would also like to start making creams at some point, after we have got our soaps ready to go. I think that it will be beneficial for them to have their own product line, as they can sell both these products as well as their shea butter.

Anyways, I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer! Summer here is actually a lot cooler than the spring, so I am enjoying it fully!

Until next time,




  1. Christie,
    Sorry we missed you. You need to see about maybe getting the soaps into the International Folk Art Museum. I would love to have them here but our mission doesn’t include handmade soaps.
    Glad you had a good and safe trip. I am amazed at how much time has gone by! Janet

  2. Glad to hear you made it back safely. Sounds like things are going smoothly. Has the city chaos calmed down?

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