How Fair Trade Has Made a Difference
All cooperative members’ children under the age of 15 are required to attend school. Education is free in Paraguay up to the age of 16, but without the necessary materials, children cannot play an active part in lessons. The school year begins in February which is a time of year when producers have no income from sugarcane and it can be difficult to find the means for even these basic essential tools. MANDUVIRA pays for books, uniforms, supplies and backpacks.