Original Source: ICCO
Historically, the Nicaraguan Autonomous Region of the north Caribbean coast has been perceived as a distant social, cultural, political and geographical area. Still, it represents the biggest surface with 27% of the national land and the third territory with the most population. Youth between 15 and 29 years old compose 30% population and 57% of the economically active population.
In this context, ICCO Cooperation, Kerk in Actie, and the network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women (Red Afro) executes a project to promote entrepreneurship and economic rights among afro youth, where community networks and youth participation have been lynchpins aspects for the success of business interventions.
Since 2017, Red Afro has been building capacities among 150 youth to strengthen knowledge and attitudes for entrepreneurship in the Caribbean coast, where most of the economic activity in the area entitles the primary sector including agricultural and fishing activities. To date, youth have been able to start small businesses, including an aluminum and glass workshop, tuno´s crafts, fruit smoothies, artisanal fruit jelly, cassava and plantain chips, and variety stores. Young afro entrepreneurs also had the chance to share best practices with other business owners, which have been longer in the market and that know the Nicaraguan Caribbean area.
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