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
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
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.
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.
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.