Friday, July 23, 2010

Make Money in the Third World Part 2: Toilet Paper Partnership

This is the second part of a series that Howtomakeadollar is running for business ideas that we've witnessed in action in various third world nations. You can read the whole series here.

The toilet paper partnership - While travelling by bus on a 15 hour trek across the Andes, my bus stopped at a single little town in the middle of nowhere. The town consisted of a bunch of stray dogs and a house with a "bathroom" in it. There may have been a few other homes there too, but it was an extremely small town. The bathroom was free to all travelers, but a guy stood outside of it with toilet paper, which cost the equivalent of .10 cents per sheet. Thats per sheet. You know, the little 5 square inch sheets of toilet paper that are perforated. Well, to get a good wipe you need more than one sheet, and the whole bus was full of people who's last meal had been some kind of "roasted" "chicken" that the bus had stopped to pick up a few hours before. So pretty much everyone on the bus had to use this guy's jiffy, and he was making loads of cash. He paid the bus driver a considerable portion of it before the bus left. It was a partnership. 

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