El Guabo - Asocación Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo
We are securing larger amounts of high-quality fruit, which will increase our income by selling more boxes. The supplies warehouse allows us to access quality materials at a low price. ”
Ramón Saenz, Farmer and General Assembly Member
Fair Trade allows us to avoid exploitation from informal traders and have development opportunities within a framework of justice and equity for all. ”
Gustavo Novillo, General Assembly Member
It is the first time teachers are given training in our schools and the first time we have been given the opportunity to prepare a syllabus that will help us improve teaching methods in our schools. ”
Helen Benavidez, Teacher at Río Cenepa School
Health Programs for Young and Old
With Fair Trade premiums, El Guabo funded a medical clinic that provided care to producers, workers, and the entire community. A separate program was funded to provide seniors with specialized healthcare, and another initiative, in alliance with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, provided Health Clinics to communities that lacked access to healthcare.
In 2010, El Guabo renewed its commitment to social development by continuing to fund education and healthcare initiatives in the community. Fair Trade premiums fund health insurance programs and promote local access to medical services, benefiting El Guabo's active and retired members, their families and the community. El Guabo continues to use Fair Trade premiums to support 16 rural schools in the area. Educational support from El Guabo covers at least one teacher’s salary per school, and promotes the incorporation of local realities into school curricula.
Through Fair Trade premiums, El Guabo’s own Leadership School is now providing free trainings on the cooperative’s history. Additionally, the school offers a managerial program for members and their children to improve operational effectiveness. El Guabo is encouraging a new generation of leaders to take ownership and continue the cooperative’s work in years to come.