Five years ago, we introduced you to Freddy Mairena on the Rikolto website and social media. The farmer is part of a group of young people linked to the cocoa farmer organisation La Campesina in Nicaragua. Since 2017, La Campesina is participating in a training programme that creates job opportunities for young people by adopting sustainable practices in cocoa production. Freddy’s honest and friendly smile can be found today in the promotional images of the Boni "Nicaragua" chocolate in the Colruyt Group retail shops in Belgium. Here is Freddy’s story now: from producer to entrepreneur.
From his first encounter with agroforestry systems in 2017 to the project with the cooperative La Campesina, and the Collibri Foundation from Colruyt Group and Rikolto, Freddy has gained many experiences. He has worked on themes such as agroforestry, youth entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication.