Are there any other benefits?
- BOBC is non-profit. We have to pay our bills but have no investors or shareholders requiring us to provide them with profits.
- Each new buying club member brings added and appreciated strength to the collective power of all members.
- BOBC is positioned to provide benefits to Panama. The group and it’s function is established, growing, and refining itself. It will eventually be available to provide a job or two, which isn’t earth shattering, but it’ll be jobs in a previously nonexistent business. People who work here and learn the business, can take it to other towns, create even greater buying power for all of us, and new small Buying Clubs can provide organic foods to other communities.
- By selling imported products in Panama, we can discover how much of a domestic market there is for that product. If it’s something that can be grown here, like black pepper, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, acerola, galangal root, peanuts, nutmeg, ginger, and more, then we can provide interested farmers with information. We could contract, before seeds go in the ground, that we want 400# of what you’re growing and will pay $4/# for it. That takes all the risk and guesswork out of choosing a crop to plant. It’s a huge advantage for a farmer and saves the world from having to transport those items here.
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