Raul Carrasco


Progreso, Honduras

Raul had a tough upbringing marked by violence and gangs. It’s a story that is, unfortunately, all too common for boys in Honduras.

But a friend once told him, “Raul, you think you are alone. You think God doesn’t listen to you or love you. You are wrong.”

The glimmer of hope in that statement started Raul down a new path that couldn’t have been more different.

Devoting himself to mixed martial arts (MMA), he became a champion — top, in fact, in his category across Honduras. Seeing firsthand the power of faith and a healthy mind, body and spirit, Raul dreams of helping other young men stay off the streets and find their purpose.

Raul currently runs a ministry for young men who age out of orphanages and need to learn skills to be independent. Just Hope is partnering with Raul to develop the economic model to position his ministry for growth and sustainability.

Just Hope helped Raul secure a shipping container of new and gently used shoes. Raul will sell them at wholesale prices to other entrepreneurs, who will then sell them in remote villages around Honduras. With Just Hope’s support, Raul will manage this operation so that it is self-sustaining, providing an income opportunity for many households, as well as funding his ministry.

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Preparing for the future

Raul anticipates being able to manage the Survival Skills ministry and retail shoe operation on his own at the beginning of 2017. We pray for him God’s grace and blessings as he continues to serve young men in his community and divert them from poverty.

Raul Plans for the Future

Raul is in the process of setting up his own nonprofit foundation for the program. He is eager to make his ministry as sustainable as possible through the shoe business, and credits Just Hope for giving him this vision and opportunity. He continues to prepare the financing for the second container of shoes, and we may make a site visit there soon to provide business mentoring.


Congratulations to Raul, Shannon (pictured above, far right) and the boys in their Survival Skills Ministry for WINNING a competition in Honduras called Yo Emprendo. The competition is a search to find the most innovative and socially impactful organizations between Honduras and Costa Rica. The additional evaluation criteria include sustainability, visionary leadership, creativity, cross-sector collaboration and commitment to learning. Way to go! We are so proud of you!

Planning for Sustainability

Raul is almost out of shoes and plans to liquidate the remaining shoes to finance another container of shoes, which he expects to receive in about three months. For the most part, he is operating independently of Just Hope, and he reports that profits from the second container should have him in position to fully fund the Survival Skills ministry on his own beginning in January 2017.

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