Rodrigo, Angye and other youth in the valley see their families' household incomes increasing thanks to the chocolate production. At school, they are proud of how their parents are succeeding. When foreign visitors arrive to see his family's cacao groves, Rodrigo asks for a photo. "I told my friends at school that this is why I couldn’t attend today. They didn't believe me," he says, grinning.
With a school education and expert training in cacao production, Rodrigo knows he can keep the family farm profitable when he’s grown up. Unlike youth who leave the valley for other parts of Peru or other countries, Rodrigo looks forward to staying.
"He wants to stay here," says his mother Daria. "Not like other students who are going to look for jobs in other areas.
“He says, 'I’m going to process chocolates. I’m going to work here,'" she smiles. "'There is going to be income.'"