A new business for our Thai village

If my kids had holidays from homeschooling whenever we travelled they would not learn very much! Due to the amount of time we are away from home (wherever that may be) I continue homeschooling my kids when we are on the road, especially in the village in Thailand. It may not be as full on as when we are in Australia but whenever there is a quiet day planned then I make sure I get out the math and reading books out as well as getting the kids to update their diaries.

A big part of homeschooling is using real life to help you teach. We spend a lot of time studying ‘life’ and whatever is happening around us. Many different learning opportunities come about as a result of questions such as: What are Rubber trees for? Where does the water from our river go to? How do you make glass?

It was a question from Ariya about small business that gave me an idea for a great school lesson. It was time for my kids to start their first ever business.

Every Sunday and Wednesday we have a tiny village market that happens outside our house so we decided that this was where we would operate our new business from.


Our first lesson was about coming up with an idea. As expected the girls wanted to sell what they already knew. Drinks, snacks, toys – basically everything that was already on offer at the market. After I explained the need to offer something different we decided on Jelly cups. We already had the ingredients and it was easy for kids to make.

We then had to price it. We decided on a 100% mark up and had some great math lessons as we tried to work out whether to sell small cups at 5 baht each or bigger cups at 10 baht. Large cups were the eventual winner.

Marketing was next with lessons on good customer service as well as making the best possible sign for the front of our ‘shop’.

Then it was time to start the production line before eventually selling the product. Here are a few photos from the day.

The Jelly cups with banana were made in the morning to give them enough time to set before the afternoon market.

The Jelly cups with banana were made in the morning to give them enough time to set before the afternoon market.

The view from my front balcony of the girls setting up shop.

The view from my balcony of the girls setting up the shop.

The girls had plenty of help from their cousin Cream and little brother Jacob.

The girls had plenty of help from their cousin Cream and little brother Jacob.

All smiles waiting for their first customer.

All smiles waiting for their first customer.

It didn't take long for the customers to start rolling in.

It didn’t take long for the customers to start rolling in.

There were times when business was dead which was a good learning experience for the girls that business is not always fun!

There were times when the ‘shop’ was dead which was a good learning experience for the girls that business is not always fun!

The girls worked from 4pm until 6pm which is when they sold out of Jelly cups! Business was great and our fears of not selling everything were unjustified. The first two customers were the neighbouring stall holders which was really sweet of them to give the kids some confidence but the rest of them (apart from one Auntie) I think were genuinely interested in trying out the farang banana jelly.

At the end of the day 23 Jelly cups were sold for a profit of 110 baht ($3.50). It would have been 130 baht ($4.10) except for some poor mixing and a little spillage – a great lesson in something that my Dad taught me years ago – ‘a penny saved is a penny earned’.

8 responses to “A new business for our Thai village

  1. What a fantastic lesson!
    Basilseven

  2. Nice. Having fun and learning at the same time. The textbook is the real world and instilling good values from an early age.

  3. That is awesome!! Good job girls (and Jacob, of course) – they look delicious. 🙂

    Jess

  4. Thanks basil seven, How and Jessica for your comments. Instilling good values like you said How is the most important lesson in life, everything else flows from that.

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  6. Well done to the girls. A great lesson in life. If you want something in life, you’ve generally got to get off your butt and go out and earn it.

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