American Entrepreneurs take Amman by Storm
The classic American lemonade stand with a few twists…
1. The girls picked fresh lemons from the neighborhood trees and made fresh lemonade themselves.
2. “wa” in Arabic is “and.”
3. Chai is tea
4. 1 JD = $1.40 which is highway robbery for a glass of lemonade or tea made by children.
Elly and a few friends set up the stand in front of our house with an armed guard right beside them. I tried SO hard to get the guard in the picture holding his gun, but he moved out of the frame each time I tried to take a photo. He was a good sport, though, and helped valet park the cars that stopped for a purchase!! (Valet parking is HUGE in Amman.) They had customers from Germany, Italy, Japan, and Jordan and made 10 JD! Not too shabby in a country that is not used to seeing this sort of thing! One customer requested iced tea instead of hot chai, so we provided ice cubes.
Things aren’t too rough in the Middle East if 3 girls can make $14 in 45 minutes selling homemade lemonade.
You can see the guard’s shack in the below photo with his prayer rug hanging out the window.