A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the coffee vs gangs project that Kenco is currently involved in and I just wanted to share the story of one of the participants with you.
Maria is one of the 19 young people that Kenco are working with to help them build a better future for themselves, by giving them the training and tools they need to be able to run their own coffee farm, Kenco hope to prevent them from becoming involved in gangs in Honduras.
Maria is 23 and a single mother. She lives with her mum and is full of determination to give her daughter a better chance at life when she had.
“For my daughter, I want the very best. I want to give her a good education so she can be better than me. Since the project started, I think big instead of small. Everything is different, there are goals and expectations.”
Maria tells us some of the horrible things that happen where she lives, including members of the gangs forcing women to have sex with them and live with them. The use and abuse women and even kill them.
You can watch a video about Maria’s story on YouTube.