ASOBANU - Asociación de Bananeros Unidos
Many people in our community benefit directly and indirectly from Fair Trade. It is the best option small growers have. ”
Justo Manuel Luna Madera, Asobanu Member
Fair Trade has empowered ASOBANU to deal directly with international buyers, which has helped members maximize their production and become more competitive. ASOBANU has greatly expanded its membership since attaining Fair Trade certification.
A New Library and Academic Support
ASOBANU instituted an educational program providing support to local schools and scholarships and school supplies to farm workers’ children. The cooperative also funded the construction of a library.
New Roads and Packing Houses
Fair Trade premiums have enabled ASOBANU to improve the roads to farming communities, and help build and repair packing houses for its small-scale farmer members