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Producer Profiles

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The Asociación de Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo (El Guabo) has been a Fair Trade pioneer since its foundation in 1998. The members of El Guabo are spread across a vast area of South-central Ecuador, impacting large sections of rainforest that benefit from the Fair Trade environmental standards of production. El Guabo members became Fair Trade Certified™ to commercialize their small, individual productions collectively and reach sustainable levels of socio-economic development.
 

Quotable

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

The mutual support between El Guabo, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, is an efficient way to get healthcare to all of our members as well as the community. We provide medical supplies with our Fair Trade premium and the other organizations provide the medical professionals and facilities where services are provided.  

José Llanos, President of Luz y Guía

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

Programs

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.

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.

Workers Benefits

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.