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Toy Maker Makes a Difference in Honduras Tegu puts toys to work to build a better future for homeless kids.

By Gwen Moran Edited by Frances Dodds

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Number of trees planted by Tegu in Honduras: 18,011

Approximate number of kids who live on the trash dump outside Tegucigalpa: 200

Number of school days funded by Tegu purchase proceeds: 1,798

Number of formerly homeless boys who graduated from high school and now work at Tegu's factory in Honduras: 5

Will and Chris Haughey could have stayed in their cushy consulting jobs. But in 2007, the brothers exchanged those jobs to launch Tegu, a toy company in Honduras that does a lot more than give kids some blocks to knock down. Tegu provides impoverished Honduran children the chance to go to school and, once they graduate, get a job.

During a 2006 business trip to the country, Chris visited a friend who started the Drew Honduras Project, a home for street boys. In a country with 30 percent unemployment and 65 percent of its population living in poverty, they were "taking boys age 12 off the streets of Tegucigalpa, giving them a real place to live and education and hope for the future," Chris says. He contacted Will, and together they decided to build a company committed to employing people in the region.

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