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"I want to work with nature and the communities who we depend on for the products"

‘I want to work with nature and the communities who we depend on for the products. I want to supply good quality products directly to the consumers,’ says Emeliano De Sa Benevides, ‘Emel’, a…  


"The skills they teach you at the Knua Juventude Fila-Liman Centre, are things beyond the classroom. They are life skills"

‘The skills they teach you at the Knua Juventude Fila-Liman Centre, are things beyond the class room. They are life skills.’ Says André Jacinto Faria, a 27-year-old civil engineering consultant at…  


‘I am willing to use my skills and help the youth to create their own business'

‘I am willing to use my skills and help the youth to create their own business because that’s what we need for the development of the country’ says Nilton Antonio Lemos Aniceto, a 42-year-old…  


‘Timor-Leste is a land of opportunity’

In 2016, Gabriel returned to Timor-Leste after studying horticulture in Queensland, Australia. Gabriel had a strong desire to work in his home country. Upon returned to Timor-Leste, Gabriel became…  


'I will support everyone I can to create brighter futures'

‘Because I am lucky enough, I am in a position to help others. I will support everyone I can to create brighter futures,’ says Anastacio Madeira de Araujo, a 23-year-old youth entrepreneur and tour…  


"Through Knua I have learnt how to manage my time"

‘Through Knua I have learnt how to manage my time, and how to effectively work in a team’ says Agapito Malequias Oliveira Moniz, a 26-year-old Enterprise Solution Executive working at Telemor.  


Dino Martins: ‘It is my aim to reduce the amount of food waste around Dili’

Fruit and vegetable chips are increasingly popular in Timor-Leste. However, it is common that these snacks are imported into Timor-Leste from places such as Indonesia. This means that snacks have…  


Improving access to quality local rice

“Most of the rice we consume in Timor-Leste is imported. This makes it expensive for local families and unfavorable to local rice farmers…” Estevao, 22, a businessman from Dili.  


Helping youth to create jobs for themselves

Before Knua, I didn’t enjoy being a trainer or teaching people. I didn’t like public speaking. Now I see how much I love it and that it is necessary to support younger people…’ says Lania Lopes Doutel…  


Better quality coffee and improved market access increases family's income

‘All of the farmers in Atsabe sub-district use traditional methods to cultivate coffee. Although this is good for sustaining culture, it has a negative effect on coffee quality. As coffee is extremely…  

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