• Part #1: Here’s a business where you can make money from dough!
  • Part #2: Beware of electronic storage. See why.
  • Part #3: See how you can pump up your profits with water pumps here.

Masapan is made in a village near us called Calderon. This offers all types of export profit potential as this craft is a cultural expression which has been passed down for generations. The masapan crafts are original products, multicolored and perfect for decoration. All products are hand made with quality prime material that is non-toxic, to protect health and the environment.

The craftsmen have developed an infinite number of beautiful designs with all types of themes for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter. This pasty material is made into flowers, dolls, chess pieces, statues, figurines and so much more. If you can name it, the craftsmen can make it out of this flour dough material which dries rock hard. They make them into bracelets, necklaces, pins, refrigerator magnets, earrings as well. Prices are really, really low plus the artisans can create new designs according to your specifications.

Here is some masapan

One delegate at a previous course saw masapan flowers and thought they could be excellent gifts to pin on hotel bills presented to departing guests. He bought a batch and gave it a try. They were wildly successful. Everybody loved them so he started selling them to other hotels. He pays between seven and twenty five cents for each piece and sells them for a dollar up to $1.95, making as much as 2,800% on his money in a month!

Learn more about masapan

Visit Calderon, see and learn more about masapan. Join Merri and me and in Ecuador on our Import/Export Expedition.

Part #2: Travel is good for your wealth and health as it expands your horizons. But you must take care! This site reported how Houston customs officers lost my passport

The message stressed how vital it is to keep your eye on this document and to have backup ID data when you travel.

Readers shared some interesting insights one of which suggested having a Gmail account from Google of scans of everything in the wallet; credit cards, passport, etc.

Another reader now shares a warning about this and writes:

“Hi Gary, Fun thread and slightly scary. One thing that concerned me was the travel tip about using Gmail to store documents. I work for Yahoo and we have a similar mail product and I would never use any of them to store this kind of information. They aren’t all that safe, it’s probably not an awful risk but there isn’t much security online and no way would I ever put credit card information in so open a place. You may want to add a caution to the next email to people as a lot of times they don’t realize how open the internet is. Even the best secured sites are clamping down on storing financial information nowadays as it’s all pretty hackable. The government is also getting access to gmail as we speak so again, not a fun place to keep things. I personally take photocopies and hold them on my person or leave copies at home with a relative. My husband and I carry a passport copy for each other so we are cross covered. Happy travels!”

Part #3. “Technology gives and technology takes away.”
Not a bad thought!

This is one reason I recommend investing in water technology. Technology has allowed our global population to grow but this has created enormous water shortages.

A March 17, 2006 article by MARION LLOYD for Houston Chronicle Foreign Service, entitled VIOLENCE IN MEXICO CITY Suffering … for water highlights this problem.

According to the article a billion people lack clean drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation. The problem is expected to get worse over the next two decades.

The articles says: “In the Mexican capital, tomorrow’s crisis is already here. Parts of the metropolis are sinking by as much as a foot a year because of over-exploitation of aquifers. More than 1 million residents lack water in their homes. And fights about water are getting increasingly violent, with some experts warning of a future ‘water war.’

“Mexico City’s water troubles go back 500 years, when Spanish invaders seized the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Built in the center of five interlocking lakes surrounded by canals, the city was an engineering marvel. But the Spaniards, who preferred dry ground, immediately began draining the lakes — a Herculean task that continues today.

“Now the city — which sits in a volcano-rimmed valley 8,000 feet above sea level — is plagued by water shortages.

“One-third of the metropolitan water supply is piped in from the Cutzamala River basin about 80 miles away, and it is then pumped thousands of feet over mountains. The rest comes from dozens of underground aquifers beneath the city.

“However, over-exploitation of the aquifers — where water is extracted faster than it is replaced naturally — has caused the city’s porous soil to dry up and compact. As a result, the city is sinking, wreaking havoc on the underground infrastructure and causing pipes to crack.” Article from Houston Chronicle

All this pumping of water caught my attention as the same day I read an article about the global pump industry and hot it is repositioning itself to take advantage of growing demand.

Learn more about investing in water. Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank and me at our next International Business and Investing Made EZ course in North Carolina.

According to that article the global market for pumps will rise from $27 billion to $31 billion in 2007. The market for pumps in the water industry a multi-billion dollar concern and is growing.

Companies serving this market include ITT Industries (NYSE:ITT) the world’s largest pump manufacturer.

Japan’s Ebara Corporation is another. Another historical example of consolidation in the U.S. pump

Flowserve (NYSE:FLS) also moved into the pump business with the acquisition of Ingersoll-Dresser Pumps.

There are a few remaining independent pump manufacturers such as Gorman-Rupp (AMEX:GRC), IDEX Corporation
(NYSE:IEX), with its Warren Rupp and Viking Pump units,
Flowserve (NYSE:FLS), and Pentair (NYSE:PNR), with the
Myers and Fairbank Morse brands as well as diversified manufacturers offer water pumps in addition to other products. These include Crane (NYSE:CR), the Davis EMU the Sethco division of Met-Pro (NYSE:MPR), the Moyno unit of Robbins & Meyers (NYSE:RBN) and SPX Corp (NYSE:SPW).

Watch these companies for merger and acquisition opportunities.

ITT looks especially interesting. Named by Fortune magazine as one of the best managed companies its Fluid Technology segment contains ITT’s pump businesses, including brands such as Flygt, Goulds, Bell & Gossett, A-C Pump, Lowara and Vogel.

This makes ITT the world’s largest pump producer. You can learn more about these subsidiaries. Until next message, may all your international investments flow like water!

Gary

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