Finca La Buena Vida
Before, the possibilities of us owning a house were few, given the high costs of land and the lack of anyone willing to give us a loan. But the Friends Forever Corporation (Finca La Buena Vida’s Joint Body) loaned me the money to buy our house. This fills us with joy and enthusiasm, and we now look to the future with more optimism. Thank you Fair Trade! ”
Fredy Manuel Polo Hernandez
I am about to buy my first house. I still don’t believe it because I have only been working for two years at this farm, but I applied for a loan, made possible with Fair Trade premiums, and I was accepted! I have a wife and my first daughter will be born soon - I want them to have a home. Also thanks to Fair Trade, I know I have stable work and I have been able to complete my high school education with the cooperative’s Saturday school program. ”
Jorge Anaya, Buena Vista Farm worker
I am studying Pharmaceutical and Occupational Health with a scholarship from Premium funds. Through Fair Trade we can do well – even in what we thought before was impossible. Thanks to Fair Trade we have the opportunity to become professionals. ”
Buena Vida’s workers and their families benefit from scholarships funded by the Fair Trade premium. School fees are covered and adults are given scholarships to take vocational classes or pursue a higher degree. In order to keep their scholarships, children of workers must maintain good grades. Workers and wives of workers are awarded secondary education and vocational school scholarships.
Home Improvement Loans
With Fair Trade premiums, Buena Vida workers can access low interest loans to improve their homes or become first time home owners.