I became a member of Cañera del Sur in 2007. As small growers, it is more convenient to join an organization to get access to services and better trade conditions vis-à-vis the sugar mill. For me, the main impact of Cañera del Sur being Fair Trade Certified™ is that we can obtain financing at 12 percent per year interest rates to bear harvest costs. Harvest time is very critical in terms of cash flow as we need to spend nearly 40 percent in order to deliver our produce to the mill. No other bank, cooperative or organization provides loans for small producers in the region. There are some options in the main city, Villarrica, but the interest rates are 27 percent per year.
Asociación Agrícola Cañera del Sur