Bananeras de Urabá - Mi Tierra, Madrigal, Tagua, Cantares...
On behalf of myself and my family, I’d like to thank Fair Trade and Bananeras de Urabá for changing our way of life. Thanks to Fair Trade I have overcome many difficulties. Fair Trade has given me the joy of going to college and participating in a diploma program which led to my promotion into our management team. I started as an entry level worker and eventually moved to the quality inspection department. Recently, I was given the opportunity to become coordinator of the packing plant at the Mi Tierra Farm, one of the largest in the company. My family and I now have a beautiful home and many amenities. Through Bananeras de Urabá and Fair Trade our dreams have become a reality. ”
Hugo Herrera Fernel, Packing Supervisor
I received the new house in October 2011, which has signified a 100 percent shift in my family’s life. My labor has also seen positive changes mostly because I am freer from debt – having to pay $250 USD in rent before, where as now I pay the corporation $96 USD a month until my loan is paid. Each month I feel my house is more my own and now, all I have to worry about is utilities. Before, I used to live in the same neighborhood but in a dorm style environment. The apartment I paid for had two rooms and there was no privacy. The kitchen and dining areas were part of the same room. Now we have a comfortable home; everything is separated and more commodities are available; these changes mean a lot to us.” ”
Anderson de Jesús López Solera, Bananeras de Urabá
On March 19, 2010, we saw the result of a joint effort between Bananeras de Urabá and banana workers at the Fair Trade Banana Company. The delivery of the first stage of the Rosalba Zapata Cardona Housing Development Project presented a new home for my family and I. This has been the best thing that has happened to me – owning a home really improves my family’s quality of life. Thank you to Bananeras de Urabá and Fair Trade for giving us the possibility of having a decent home. It gives us great satisfaction to know other banana workers will also have this opportunity." ”
Hector Oviedo, Madrigal Farm Worker
Skill Development for Women
In collaboration with SENA, Bananeras de Urabá is training women in an urban development program. Women have learned how to bake bread and cakes in addition to selling fried “empanadas” as a means to generate additional income. The results of this program have led the organization to invest in more training sessions teaching women how to form their own businesses.
The organization donated musical instruments to the “Sounds of Peace” youth community program. So far, workers claim the group’s music has reached the ears of 25,000 people through concerts and other activities. They hope to promote community, peace and harmony through music.