The best thing El Guabo could have done was this leadership course, which allows us to learn more about the association and prepares us to take leadership positions. We can also contribute to the development of small producers. I am continuing to University now and this course has helped me in my professional development ”
Luis Suárez Jr, son of El Guabo producers
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
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.
El Guabo provides safety mechanisms for their employees through various workers benefits. Employees of Asoguabo receive health insurance, severance pay, life insurance and the benefits guaranteed in the collective contract between workers and El Guabo.
Capping Administration Costs
In an attempt to minimize administration costs and invest Fair Trade premiums to address the greatest needs, El Guabo has limited administration costs to 15 percent of their budget. This year less than four percent of the budget was spent on administration, ensuring that funds are spent on the community and helping improve workers’ lives.