Just a year ago, Williams was unable to afford to complete a college education, so he took a job as a farm laborer, working from sunup until sundown.
But the entire trajectory of Williams’ life changed when he enrolled in a diploma program designed to prepare young farmers to be the next generation of entrepreneurs in El Salvador’s burgeoning cocoa industry. The program integrates training in cocoa cultivation, business management and life skills, like decision making, problem solving and critical thinking.
Williams’ tuition was covered entirely by the generosity of people like you. Today, Williams is running a successful small business making and selling tablets for hot chocolate. He buys fermented cocoa beans, toasts them, grinds them and mixes them with sugar and spices to make a delicious product. His wife, Margarita, and children, 11-year-old Williams and 6-year-old Merci, help to package the chocolate tablets. The tablets have been so popular that Williams produces a fresh batch almost daily to meet demand.
“This has gotten this migrating idea out of my head since I know there’s opportunity here in the country,” he says.
(Williams wasn’t the only family you touched with your generosity. Some of his classmates have also been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Read how your support inspired them.)