By Chris Horst

My son, Desmond, has a new favorite toy: Tegu wooden blocks. And while I bought the blocks “for” him, they’re my favorite too. These beautiful magnetic blocks are hand-crafted by a terrific company based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was drawn to purchase from Tegu for three primary reasons:

    1. Honduras is the first country I traveled to internationally and will forever hold a soft spot in my heart;
    2. Tegu’s founders run their company the right way, serving their Honduran staff and customers with care;
    3. Tegu was part of the Praxis accelerator program, a program founded and led by my good friends Josh Kwan and Dave Blanchard.
Desmond Horst playing with Tegu blocks

Desmond Horst playing with Tegu blocks

Winston Churchill once said, “Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.” Do young adults believe entrepreneurship is a target, a cow or a horse?

Tegu’s founders, brothers Will and Chris Haughey, see it as a horse. And that’s why they created Tegu, which now employees over 90 Hondurans with great jobs. I’m so encouraged by the fresh crop of innovative companies founded by passionate Christian young people like Tegu. Shoemakers like Nisolo, headquartered in Peru. Home furnishing companies like Chaka, based in Ecuador. Men’s apparel companies like Urban Offering, creating an innovative design-your-own suit approach through tailors in China.

Over at Values & Capitalism, they produced a short film highlighting the motivation and mission of the Haughey brothers and Tegu. It’s a beautiful film. Do check it out!

Chris Horst works as the director of development at HOPE International. Chris co-authors a blog, Smorgasblurb, with Alli Horst, where this piece previously appeared.

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