June Like a Balloon !

Like a truth hidden beneath the rules ... there's always an exception for the right tool ... here's goes nothin' !!!

June Like a Balloon !

It's been a long while since there has been a sincere update on where things are at ...

I'm down about $2,500 overall – plus the market being down ... my principal remains; is about to shrink considerably, perhaps ... and am looking at making another larger investment ... in arepas !!! Crazy, but ...

Welp ... this has been put on pause; the number work; as you can read below. But the fact is, no one wants to work ... why work when there are too many people on this planet who just get to play because they won a lottery; anywho ...

This is a solid foundation to contextualize what is happening next ...

The tickets have been purchased!

Numbers, numbers, numbers ...

They work out ...

This is an overall estimate of costs (materials, rent & labor) for the production of 300-500 arepas per day. There is one client who would like 100 per day. And in the period of 2-3 hours and very few phone calls, 200 arepas were sold one morning. The idea is to have these clients be repeat clients.

Minus materials, rent and labor; profits end up to be really good ... 300 arepas per day, paying two workers plus rent, materials (gas, corn, cheese) and labor ... profit margins are at 41%; and it's only up from there ...

Caveat, in order to get those numbers, you'd need to change the Maiz/Queso cost to 55.

While we've estimated the actual cost as well, when purchased in bulk to be about 50. though for numbers sake, it's always good to inflate in the opposite direction. This will make sure that when the chips fall, you've got a pad. Lastly, these quantities are built upon a padded number of 100 arepas requires  10 corn & 1 cheese. In reality, the cost is more like 8 corn to every 1.2 cheese.

All said and done, the numbers work ... there's profit !!!!

MUAHAHAHAHA ... why do I give a flying fuck about profit ?!

I don't ...

Habana Studio

The actual aim is to have a structured business that can ingest entrants and provide them with an actual job; our target demographic will be rappers who seek to display a bit of discipline.

The reason for this being that the original teacher of this arepa process is a rapper and producer himself. We began collaborating over one year ago. Eventually he began working with youth in the pueblo near a farm his family owns, and at which he resides.

He is a relatively well-known rapper in the cities of Medellin and Bogota; and so is occasionally asked to play shows around the country. Moreover, or more importantly, opportunities to provide workshops in small pueblos have started arise as well.

The selling of the arepas provides additional connections to the communities through which he visits. The arepas are of a special recipe that is not sold elsewhere, it is a bit labor intensive to make; though Melanco has been making and selling these arepas across Colombia for over 20 years.