“Yes, this is something we can do”, says Ingrid to Jessica, while they are preparing a chocolate drink over a traditional woodfire. In this open-air kitchen, in the middle of the fields of the Eco-farm Luna del Puente, they use age-old tools, like stone mortars, and more contemporary, but just as simple tools, like manual cocoa grinding machines.
The eco-farm was one of the stops on an exchange trip of six young Nicaraguan cocoa producers to Honduras. The purpose of the trip was to learn more about youth enterprises in Honduras, to be able to set up their own start-ups in their home communities.
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), young people represent 40% of all unemployed people in Latin-America. The difficulties youth face to find employment, especially in rural areas, lead them to believe that migration towards the cities is the only way out. But employment options are often risky, even dangerous, and limited to the informal sector, where the youngsters cannot exercise their rights.