Student Journal: summer dispatches from the field Orphans in Mexico: expanding the boys' goat cheese and soap business

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The Dispatches

1- It is 6 a.m., time to get up and be introduced to the goats

2 - Lunch with the big cheese and a road trip to Cancún

3 - Gringos and luggage up to the rafters, and assessing the goat cheese market in Cancún

4 - Milking the goats, a business meeting in Mexico City, and 'stoptional' red lights

5 - A new wave of volunteers, spending time with the boys

6 - Our recommendations to improve the orphanage's business operations



The Dispatches
Doug vows to milk the goats, lunch with the big cheese, and a road trip to Cancun

ATLIXCO, MEXICO - We spent the past couple of days talking with the leaders of the orphanage. Paco, who heads the cheese and soap operations, has met with us several times each day. Doug got his first chance to meet several of the boys and learn some colorful Mexican slang on the basketball court. He still claims that he'll get up at 5 one morning to milk goats. We'll see about that.


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Doug Brown and Joost Krikhaar have agreed to answer your questions, time permitting. Email Doug and Joost

A highlight was lunch with Dr. Fernando Balli, the director of the orphanage on Wednesday. We sampled most of IPODERAC's cheeses. While the two-martini lunch may be dead in the U.S., have no fear that it lives on in Mexico … or maybe it should be called the three-cognac lunch.

After a good two hours of lunch in the garden, Dr. Balli insisted that our team needs to explore the high-end hotel restaurant market for cheese in one of Mexico's biggest resorts … Cancun. So began our 1,000-mile road trip through the Yucatan to Q. Roo in the Roo (that's the Mexican state of Quintana Roo in our rented Nissan Tsuru). We left the next morning before 7 ...

—Doug Brown
—Joost Krikhaar
—Fabio Matsui
—Brent Mitchell


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