􏰍􏰌􏰔 􏰋􏰊􏰉􏰈􏰇􏰆􏰔􏰅􏰄􏰔􏰃􏰂􏰁 􏰀􏰌􏰄􏰊􏰀􏰈􏰍􏰌􏰔 􏰋􏰊􏰉􏰈􏰇􏰆􏰔􏰅Gea Post-campaign reportBy i-platform, on 19/5/2021 10:04

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􏰍􏰌􏰔 􏰋􏰊􏰉􏰈􏰇􏰆􏰔􏰅􏰄􏰔􏰃􏰂􏰁 􏰀􏰌􏰄􏰊􏰀􏰈 Gea is a small business based in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We are a team of young people making natural cosmetics and essential oils based on local and seasonal herbs. We aim is to create a quality local product through cooperation with other local producers and offer it to local and foreign buyers.

From October till December 2020. we made a successful crowdfunding campaign via the Wemakeit platform, mentored by i-platform, a platform that supports and promotes the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina by connecting the BiH diaspora in Switzerland.

Through the campaign, we collected enough money to buy a distiller for essential oils, get all the equipment needed for the distillery, register the business, buy packaging and prepare the space we use as a laboratory.

So far, in the past four months, we have managed to start the registration process which will make it easier for us to create contracts with concept stores and local and foreign natural cosmetic shops, as well as to obtain the analysis of the products.

Our team has signed the contract with the Association «Nešto Više», a company that sold us the distiller, 350l. We have paid off the distiller and it is now in our working space ready to start distilling since the herb season is just starting.

Currently, Gea team is in search of the land where we could plant some of the herbs we will use in our products and a place where we could build a drying space for the herbs and also use this space for visitors so that they can get an insight of our working process.

In the past four months, Gea got several invitations for collaborations.

We are working with Irma Kohel, the creator, and owner of Irma Kohel brand, making vegan candles. We also partnered with an established fitotherapist from Belgrade who is currently mentoring our recipes. Soon, our new collaboration with a tea house in Sarajevo will be presented.

Our sales are so far online and we will soon create a web page, for now, we have been using social media pages to run our business. What would be helpful is a marketing strategy that would make our sales even better.

Developing a business in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a learning process and we tend to get the best of it, sometimes things move slower than anticipated but the results show in the end.

In the meanwhile, follow us on Instagram for further updates: https://www.instagram.com/gea.heal/?hl=en

And yes, thank you, once again for your support!

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Voljice, a village near Gornji Vakuf that's 100 km from Mostar, could be a very good place for herbs. People have been picking herbs around the village for decades, maybe even longer, and making teas from them. The village is in the hills, on the road to the mountian of Raduša, and there is a lot of forest there too.

In and around the village, there is a lot of land that could be used for growing herbs, land that’s not used much because the owners have passed away, or because there’s no one in the family who can do that work. There are people who borrow land from neighbours to cultivate things, and it's possible that some of those people could grow herbs.

My family is partly from that place, so I know all of this. It’s hard work, but if I were there myself, I would have a lot of land to cultivate different crops on. It’s not very close to Mostar, but the central Bosnian climate is good, so I thought I would give you this tip, and you can do whatever you want with it.

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I am so happy to read that «Gea» crowdfunding company, to which I also gave modest contribution, was successful. I have tried two of your products (lip balsam and everyday balsam) and they are truly wonderful. I am recommending your nourishing products to my fiends and I also want to recommend it to everyone reading this comment 💖.

Good luck to all three wonderful «Gea women» 💕💕💕.

Getting closer to our goal...By i-platform, on 7/12/2020 16:35

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Hello Everyone,

We want to inform you that 28 days have passed since beginning of our campaign and that we have collected almost 35% of the total amount.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far whether in the form of sharing our campaign and financially.

To reach our goal we invite you to join us and to be part of this amazing story - only together we can achieve the other 65% in the next 21 days.

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