AGROGANA - Agroganadera Espinosa Chiriboga SA
Historically, this region has faced high unemployment and illiteracy rates, a result of the poor economic situation many are born into. Agroganadera’s owners employ over 170 workers and try to provide comprehensive community services to the community. However, many people living in Cotopaxi still lack the resources to send their children to school. Many workers never completed their own basic studies, leaving school at an early age to support their families. As a result both management and workers at Agroganadera Espinosa Chiriboga have made education a priority. With Fair Trade premiums, programs promoting education and providing academic opportunities have been developed, giving members and their families new tools for a brighter tomorrow.
Shopping Club for Members
The basic cost of survival in Ecuador is very high, and often people cannot afford various household and food items. The company has set up a club that helps their employees provide these items for their families and community. The company does so by purchasing bulk food and household items and offering them at discounted employee rates. This allows workers to invest their money in other necessities for their families.
Health Clinics for Workers and Families
Agroganadera Espinosa noticed many of their workers and worker's families were not receiving adequate medical attention--children were malnourished and suffered lung problems and other health issues. Because these ailments went untreated, they developed into serious problems. The company has since then set up a clinic to treat workers' symptoms before they worsen, and also help care for and prevent any illness.
English Courses for Kids
For the last three years, Agroganadera Espinosa has invested in an English Language Program for the children and family members of the employees of their company. When the program began, they had 27 children participating, and it has since grown to over 90 children. As a result, they have hired two professors to cover the current demand. The program also provides all materials needed for the children. The classes have been very successful in helping the children overcome their limitations and fears, and breakthrough their shyness so they can better express themselves. The language abilities they develop will help open more opportunities for them in the future.
Children's Reading Program
Agroganadera Espinosa has chosen to invest in a reading program for the children of their employees. They hope the program will open more doors for these children in terms of education and future careers. This program has generated a lot of interest in the community and the participation has increased greatly over recent years.