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How To Start A Goat Farming Business

Without an uncertainty, goat farming is one of the more profitable businesses these days. Except for selling fresh and processed meats in the markets, there is also goat milk that may be harvested and sold fresh or used as ingredients to other food items (e.g. candy, cheese, yogurt, etc.) and skin maintenance systems (e.g. lotions, soaps and creams.) Fibers from all of these animals also yield wool, mohair and cashmere wool; and currently there are farms that raise and sell non aggressive goats as pets. If your considering raising goats…

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History Of Clothing Tradition In Africa

In the African Culture category, we will feature articles written about the history of most of the products we sell on our website and store. The products that will be written for our customers are: African Clothing, Mud Cloth, Djembe Drums, Cowry Shells, African skincare products, Shea Butter, Ceremonial Masks, among others. We will start our feature with the History of African Clothing. The precise origin of cloth production in Africa is lost in time, but archaeological findings indicate some of the earliest sites. Drawings of looms can be seen…

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Why is the Habit of Reading important

The Importance of Reading is difficult to express in words but can experienced by people from all walks of life. With the advent of modern technology, the Ipod and the X-box have probably overtaken the humble Hardy Boys or Tom Sawyer in managing to catch the attention of the young kids. Parents and others would however do well to inculcate the habit of reading in children from a very young age and that will prove to be in good stead for the years to come. Although one can take to…

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Top Africa’s leading eCommerce websites

eCommerce is growing in Africa. The eradication of traditional barriers to entry, including internet access, cost of technology and access to mobility, means that eCommerce has become a reality for any sized operation. According to Mark Chirnside, CEO of payment gateway PayU, a South African online payment service provider, from a local point of view, eCommerce is growing at a rate of 30% per annum. And by all accounts, 2013 is going to be a bumper year for eCommerce across the continent. As the second fastest growing mobile market, Africa…

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Low Cost Business Ideas For Africa

Africa is the last business frontier and there is money to be made with good ideas. But which idea to follow? I could tell you that you need to solve the lack of adequate broadband internet access, water or even to solve logistical problems for NGOs. Maybe that the construction industry will boom as Africans move out of poverty and into the middle class, and so you need to become a trustworthy building contractor. And although many risk taking entrepreneurs and companies will make millions in these areas in the…

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The Power of Mornings: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Get up Early

When running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornings, a time of day when there are less demands, might be the key to increasing your productivity. For 15 years, Starbucks President Michelle Gaas has set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. to go running. Gretchen Ruben, popular author of The Happiness Project (Harper Perennial, 2011) wakes up at 6 a.m. and works for an hour before her family rises. Time-management expert Laura Vanderkam highlights what makes mornings special and how we can…

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Confidence, Excellence and Independence: Business Lessons From Four Great Leaders

Great leaders often have great lessons to share. Their stories remind us — in business especially — that failure is not avoidable and that success in any endeavor is a choice. While we cannot control all our circumstances, what we can control is our response. And that’s what makes a leader great: his or her decision to take responsibility in the midst of chaos. The following quotes are from four of the most influential people from the past and present. Below each quote is my feedback on how I’ve learned from…

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The African Development Bank Open Data Platform Should Include ICT Infrastructure

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has just announced the completion of an Open Data Platform for the entire African continent. The AfDB announcement follows their completion of the last phase of the project for 14 African countries that had not yet been included in the project. The countries include: Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.    Following the completion of the project, statistical data for all the 54 African countries are now readily available…

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Out of Africa: The incredible tribal fashion show inspired by Mother Nature

With colourful make-up of bright yellows, startling whites and rich earth-reds, flamboyant accessories and extraordinarily elaborate decorations, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the designs in these images originated in the fevered mind of some leading fashionista. Yet far from the catwalks of New York, London or Paris, these looks are the sole creation of the Surma and Mursi tribes of East Africa’s Omo Valley. Inspired by the wild trees, exotic flowers and lush vegetation of the area bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these tribal people have created looks that…

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Stevia: a sweetener for Kenyan exporters – and farmers’ pockets

A natural sweetener is providing Kenyan farmers with an opportunity to be a part of a rapidly growing supply chain that includes several other countries from around the world. Stevia, known worldwide as a natural sweetener, comes from plants that are grown in the tropics and subtropics. The leaves of the popular plant are sweet and ideal for people conscious of their sugar and carbohydrate intake. With zero calories, the plant is being recognised as a great replacement for sugar and other sweeteners. Ajay Chandran is global marketing director of…

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