Entrepreneurship cocoa initiatives for the sustainable development of our communities
We want to increase the income and improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of the villages of Caribia and El Mellito in Necoclí by boosting entrepreneurial skills, organizational and commercial capacities, and associativity.
Fostering entrepreneurship, we contribute to the development of the territories and diversify the income of the communities that live around cocoa to improve their quality of life.
Necoclí, on the Caribbean coast, is one of the eleven municipalities that make up the subregion of Urabá, located in the department of Antioquia.
It has a population of 42,000 inhabitants. Very close to this municipality, we find “El Rosario” Farm, which has been Luker’s anchor crop in the region since 2011. It has 517 hectares of cocoa, produces between 130 and 267 tons annually, and works with six associations in the area.
We have numerous projects in the villages of Caribia, Alto Carito, Buenos Aires, and Limoncito, which are close to Luker’s Farms. These areas have been affected by armed conflict and forced displacement. Due to the low-income levels, 15% of the population does not consume at least three meals a day.
Regarding health, it takes 42 minutes on average to get to the closest medical facility. Primary school is the highest level of education for nearly 50% of the population.
Improving our cocoa communities’ quality of life through collaboration
We are strengthening entrepreneurs’ management and organizational skills by validating business ideas and designing sales strategies.
Additionally, we are enhancing rural youth’s commercial, negotiation, and sales skills to position products at the regional, national, and international levels.
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