For young Hondurans, gangs are a constant threat. Joining one may seem like the only option for survival. In 2014, Kenco started a project to make a difference, offering young people the chance of a better life, by training them to be independent coffee farmers with the skills to grow great quality Kenco beans.
The first students are now building businesses of their own, backed by funding from Kenco. We are now in our third year of the programme, teaching a whole new set of students to become independent coffee farmers, producing delicious coffee beans.
After the murder of his brother 5 years ago, Kenny’s focus is contributing to his family’s income. He sees the Coffee vs Gangs programme as an opportunity for personal development and the chance to work with others as a Kenco quality coffee farmer.
As a single mum without child support, Sayda has made it her goal to become a successful entrepreneur and provide for her two young children. After her cousin was murdered by gang members, she sees this programme as a chance to start her own business and change her future.
When Gabriel’s brother was murdered 7 years ago, his family were so intimidated by gang culture in the area, they refused to file a police report. Today, Gabriel is keen to join the coffee farming community and take care of his girlfriend who is pregnant with their first child.
As a stay-at-home mum, Larissa’s priority is taking care of her young son and planning their future together. A few years ago, she was robbed by gang members, something which has made her even more determined to improve her living conditions.
After his first business was forced to close due to extortions by gang members, Maynor is determined to become an entrepreneur in coffee production. He is motivated by his mother, eight brothers and two daughters and keen to contribute to the family’s income.
In 2014, Kenco started Coffee vs Gangs and turned a group of young people into coffee makers of the future. Now we are proudly in the 3rd year of the programme! Watch this video to hear stories from our previous students.
On a return trip to Honduras to the Coffee vs Gangs project, we find a new group of students eager to make their mark in the world.Read the full article
The first year of students has now graduated and are ready to take their new skills into the real world. This news article takes a look at how one graduate, Enrique, progresses now he's running a farm of his own.Read the full article