El Antojo - Plantaciones Churido Finca El Antojo
I thank Fair Trade and the company for giving me the opportunity to have my own business, improve my social and economic conditions, and for enabling me to contribute to my community. ”
Héctor Isaac Cuesta, Worker
We are very grateful for the opportunity to have our own business. We now own a barbershop, which improves our economic outlook and overall quality of life. ”
Ever Manuel Pérez
The Muñoz-Agudelo family is very grateful for the opportunity to get a loan so we can buy a plot of land and build our home. Our lives improved the moment we had a place to rest and share as a family. It will be a place for my daughters to grow up in. I hope many other workers get to experience this joy I feel. ”
Blanca Agudelo Marín, Worker
El Antojo’s Joint Body boasts that an estimated 97 percent of workers have benefited from the scholarship program funded by Fair Trade premiums. Whether to finish elementary school, high school, technical school or an associate degree, El Antojo workers are encouraged to continue their education to improve their future.
Environmental Community Outreach
Fair Trade premiums are protecting local forests through El Antojo’s community outreach program. El Antojo funds and develops environmental awareness campaigns, maintains parks and recreational areas, and coordinates recreational activities, such as community soccer leagues.
El Antojo allocates Fair Trade premiums for a low interest loan program to finance the purchase of a new house, cover costs of improvement to current residences or to secure legal deeds on current property. Sixty-four workers have benefited from this program so far (2010).