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Economic development is becoming a growing priority in order to create opportunities that will benefit and sustain communities for years to come. Our program encourages the creativity and initiative of budding entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams by teaching them business skills and by helping get their products to market.
There are currently several areas in which HOI focuses these efforts. In the village of El Aguacate, a woodworking co-op works together using peddle-driven bandsaws to produce beautifully carved crosses and ornaments. In the village of Las Delicias, a pottery co-op produces hand-sculpted pottery items, tiles for floors, and materials used to construct chimneys for adobe stoves. HOI is also involved in assisting the Agalta Valley Coffee Growers Co-operative, which creates opportunities for farmers to roast their beans and sell their coffee locally.
You or your church can partner with HOI to help get projects like these off the ground and functioning. Your investment in economic development helps lay the foundation for generational transformation and instills a new level of dignity in the Honduras business owners. Contact Laurie Willing to discuss how to support these efforts.