CORSICANA - Collin Street Bakery
Collin Street Bakery became Fair Trade Certified™ in late 2009 to address the needs of an expanding workforce in this rural area of Costa Rica. Some of the challenges faced by CORSICANA workers include lack of education, child care and health care options. The organization believes Fair Trade organizes and empowers workers to develop and implement their own projects. Fair Trade certification also guarantees workers earn decent wages to provide for their families.
My wife can take courses in the Learning Center while our daughter attends the nursery. Knowing that she is in good hands, my wife can take classes in the area she chooses. ”
Diego Jarquin, Worker
My 15 year old son is not in high school, but when the Learning Center opens, he will have access to education opportunities. My hope is that he will be inspired to learn. ”
Anna Gomez, Worker
My wife was studying English but she had to stop because of the difficult schedule and long distances to school. When the Learning Center at the cooperative opens, she will be able to continue her studies. ”
Benito Perez, Worker
Education and Daycare Center
With premium funds, CORSICANA is developing a Education and Daycare Center for workers, their families and community. The first phase of construction, the Education Center, began in late January of this year (2012) and will continue for the next five months. The Day Care will be constructed during the second phase and will also include the construction of a gymnasium, an indispensable feature to be used as play grounds for children and as a public space for community gatherings, in so garnering additional income to invest back in to this project.
A New Learning Center
CORSICANA is building a learning center which will be used to teach English and computer skills. It will provide the community with a place to receive quality education by trained teachers, backed by the country's Ministry of Education. After construction, the facility will expand the quantity and variety of courses aimed at giving families opportunities to increase their income.