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Keithlin Caroo

A rural woman, first and foremost, Keithlin Caroo is an advocate and change-maker in the fields of gender equity in agriculture and rural development in St. Lucia.

She is the founder of Helen’s Daughters, a regionally recognized and award-winning non-profit organization that focuses on rural women’s economic empowerment through advocacy, capacity development and improved market access. The organization started in 2016, when it was selected as one of the winners of UN Women’s Empower Women Champions for Change Program.

While her academic background lays in the fields of International Relations and Political Science, having served the last five years at the United Nations Secretariat in New York in the areas of Peacekeeping and Political Affairs, she has never forgotten her farming roots, which is what led to the creation of Helen’s Daughters.

Ms. Caroo is a One Young World Ambassador, the recipient of the 2018 National Youth Award in Agriculture by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports in St. Lucia, a Thought for Food Ambassador for the Caribbean, a Forbes Island Innovation feature and, most recently, the first ever English-speaking Ashoka fellow in Latin America and the Caribbean.