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
This is a great opportunity for our children. As we grow old, we hope that one day they will be our leaders and bring our community a better future. ”
Leonor Garzón, El Guabo member
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
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.
Community Support in Times of Crisis
This program serves as insurance for members who may need extra assistance for any unexpected activity. This may include supporting workers’ families in case of death, providing assistance to seriously ill workers or family members, and sending food baskets to workers and their families in times of crisis.
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.
Business Development Program
Funds are being used to continue business development. This program has two parts. One is the implementation of Precision Agriculture, described earlier; the other supports the sustainability of the export business. For instance, uniforms were provided for all workers to portray a strong and uniform company image.