ASOPROBAN - Cooperativa de Parceleros y Pequeños Productores
Today, ASOPROBAN has been recognized for its many social programs and environmental protection efforts in the face of conflict and corruption. The cooperative was Fair Trade Certified™ in 1998 and currently exports to the European Fair Trade market.
With Fair Trade, we have an incentive to invest in social programs that benefit producers and the community, and we receive higher incomes to sustain ourselves. If it were not for Fair Trade, we would not exist as banana producers - with conventional trade, the amount we received for a box of bananas was not enough to cover our expenses. ”
Edinson Cabana Zapata, Member
ASOPROBAN offers recreational programs for cooperative members and their children.
ASOPROBAN has implemented a community garbage collection program that includes plastic recycling. The program is run by women and offers training on environmental protection. The cooperative also sponsors a reforestation project along the banks of the Orihueca River and help farmers convert to organic production.
Technical Assistance Programs
The cooperative provides technical assistance for the cultivation of crops such as cocoa, guava, plantains and coconuts.