One of the many reasons we are working with soapberries is their potential to make a positive impact on the diversification of Honduras´forests. When there is almost one hundred percent of only one kind of tree, as is the case with pine in many of the forests in Honduras, they are susceptible to plaques that[…]
This is harvest season. Each year we are finding new trees and new people who are interested in harvesting soap berries. It is frequently a little difficult to convince people that the tree has more value than just for shade.
A pretty basic question, don`t you think? Like everything associated with the soapberry project, we started from zero in knowing the answer to this important question. We compared the berries by weight with what we know about their Asian cousins. Our soapberries tend to be smaller, so you need to use 6 or 7 rather[…]
Mayday” is a call of distress and an urgent expression of need of help. Every day this month is a May day. Three times in conversations in the last week I have mentioned the example of Abraham in Genesis when he was called to pack up and move without a clear idea of the destination.[…]
There are a lot reasons that we got involved in selling soapberries. Some of them have nothing to do with cleaning things. Our main goal in forming any kind of business at all was the opportunity to provide a new source of income for folks who live in rural Honduras.
One of the challenges of making soapberry powder is that it requires a lot of drying. We have to dry the whole berries before we can remove the seed, dry them before we can turn it into powder, and after turning it into powder, it needs to be dried a third time before it is[…]
This has been a year of challenges and blessings. Among other things, for 12 weeks we participated in a business class sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. That meant every Friday we traveled the 4 hours between Santa Barbara and Tegucigalpa in order to be on time for the class, all day Saturday. Every week,[…]
We are very new at the idea of running a business and learning how to keep up a website. Especially since we are trying to do this in both English and Spanish, it can be rather intimidating. We know we have a lot to learn. (For example, how to make the pictures always fit in[…]
We have found more than 250 Soapberry trees in Honduras in 12 different departments. It is a tree that grows well where the soil is not very fertil and is resistant to drought. We are very hopeful that the soapberry tree can be a small part of the solution to the problem of deforestation in[…]
Most of the time, when we ask people in Honduras what they know about soapberries, they tell us about their mother or grandmother who used them. They usually don’t remember any particular details beyond the fact that they would play with the seeds like marbles. And then…