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To summarize how our projects here are going:

1.  Fish farming:  We have built a fully operational hatchery capable of
producing up to 1,500,000 fry a month.  It is now supplying fish for both
our own use and local farmers.  These fish are sex-reversed, and we have 3
varieties.  We have 3 hectares of operational fish ponds which are
performing well, and we are in the process of building up to an additional
20 hectares of which 8 are completed.  The fish project is one of the many
projects which we seek to transform into a profitable company.  The profits
from this company will be used for schools, adult education, and
reinvestment for economic development within the community.

2.  Aloe vera:  The aloe vera company is progressing well.  We have
approximately 15 hectares of aloe vera planted.  There have been significant
difficulties in getting the plant to grow here, but those difficulties have
now been overcome for the most part.  We are currently producing
approximately 3000 500 ml bottles of aloe per month which we sell to the
retailers for $4 and they are permitted to add $1 profit.  Aloe has been
shown consistently to be a highly effective immune booster among many other
significant medical benefits which it conveys.  There are approximately
2,500,000 people with HIV/AIDS in Zambia, with many other with diabetes,
stomach ailments, and other diseases who would potentially benefit greatly
from aloe vera.

3.  In our honey project we have approximately 1000 rural farmers who are
currently signed up.  We will initially give each of them 5 beehives as well
as 5 swarm boxes for capturing bees.  Gradually these farmers will continue
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ceive hives until each one has around 50, but the capacity of each
farmer will be limited to how many hives they can properly take care of.
This should generate somewhere between $100-$200 a month per farmer, as well
as creating approximately 1000 tons of honey for local consumption and
export each year.  Our initial goal is to have out 30,000 bee hives with a
final number around 300,000.

4.  The cattle project is progressing well.  This is a slow, long-term
project which is now starting to yield.  We have been able to provide
several cattle to Degama for their feeding program.  We also have in excess
of 50 calves which are growing up and many more on the way.  Because of the
constraints of grazing land we will probably limit the herd to around 200
producing cows, and use all of the offspring for food for the Degama
nutrition program and the Kafakumba Training Center.

5.  Our other programs, such as the woodworking shop, the production of palm
oil, production of bananas, and production of vegetables are all progressing
satisfactorily, but on a much lower level.  These projects will create
income for local people, but I do not anticipate them having a significant
effect in the creation of capital and jobs until we are able to put more
investment in to them and expand the production.

This is a summary of what we discussed on our projects at this end.  With
regards to what we talked about concerning your activities in Phoenix I
would be very interested in representing your company in Southern Africa.
Obviously the main source of activity is South Africa, but each of the
countries in the region have growing economies and incredibly high fuel
costs which would make your product highly desirable.



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