Young people with new alternatives for the development of the community economy

By: José Garth Medina

The systematization of the project aimed at technical training for young sons and daughters of Waslala producers, highlights the success achieved by URACCAN, in its Waslala extension, of the Las Minas Campus, with the support of Sei So Frei and Horizont 3000, during three years of implementation, as explained by the external consultant Juan Butista Ramos in an assembly held in Waslala with producers and strategic partners of the project.

Rosidani Molina Arguello, coordinator of the Waslala extension, said that 3 technical, cocoa, coffee and veterinary courses were held, two for each year in the period 2017 to 2019, where 263 young people of both sexes enrolled and finished 181 jones with an average age of 21 years.

"In 2017 there were two courses one of cocoa in the community of Ocote Tuma and one in Waslala on coffee management, in 2018 two courses were carried out one of cocoa in Angostura Dudú and one in Waslala de Veterinaria, and in 2019, one on coffee in Kaskita and one on veterinary in The Naranjo," said Molina Arguello.

Contribution to the community

One of the main impacts of the technical courses is that graduates are contributing to the development of their community, since the 181 productive development plans in their plots that were prepared by the students, but are also serving as promoters for other organizations that are arriving in Waslala with community development projects, noted the Molina Arguello master's degree.

A group of young women are in the process of having the legal personality of a cooperative that is managed by the women graduated from the project aimed at the production and collection of cocoa in the Ocote Tuma community, Waslala.

Innovative projects

In the cooperative we are committed to transparency in the management of technical, human and economic resources where we have integrated men and women, to develop as cocoa producers in the community, said Dayelcy Orozco graduated from the technical field course in cocoa.

Denis Irías graduated from veterinary medicine in the community of The Rodl, said that he is developing a project of cheese and yogurt, with good results with the elaboration of cheese in molds created by him by hand and of different sizes, for the commercialization not only by major, but also by destalle in his community.

Erlington López Figueroa graduated from the course said he is taking advantage of cattle manure for biogas production, for food cooking, but it is also used as fertilizer for beans, corn and cocoa plantations in the community of Boca de Piedra.

The delegate of the Ministry of Education in Waslala, Cristóbal López, stressed the importance of this technical training course as they promote the formation of rural companies for the development of the communities of Waslala.

URACCAN Vice-Chancellor Las Minas, PhD Leonor Ruiz Calderón said she is pleased to know that the partnerships that were established with the different local actors of Waslala and the willingness of students has been key to success that has this training process that from URACCAN has managed to bring education to communities with the support of Sei Si Frei and Horizont 3000.

Nubia Rocha's official Horizont 3000 project said URACCAN developed these courses using the dual model, where producers made available their production plots to be managed by their children in this training process, an educational model that brings education closer to the community with great success.

URACCAN Waslala will be graduated this Friday, January 24, 2020, in veterinary field technicians in the naranjo community and on Saturday, January 25, 2020, 33 young people will be graduates in Field Technicians in Coffee, with the support of Sei So Frei.