El Guabo - Asocación Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo
Fair Trade allows us to avoid exploitation from informal traders and have development opportunities within a framework of justice and equity for all. ”
Gustavo Novillo, General Assembly Member
This is the first time our teachers receive training and the opportunity to develop a school curriculum that reflects the reality of our region. ”
Helen Benavidez, Rio Cenepa school teacher
Until recently, I had little understanding about [El Guabo]. These workshops provide very useful information. I study Business Marketing and feel that my knowledge as a professional will help the organization’s strength. ”
Victor Chamaidán, son of El Guabo member
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.
El Guabo allocated a portion of Fair Trade premiums for trainings on the Precision Agriculture model. They also purchased shares in the import company that buys most of their production to have more control over their financial future. El Guabo commits Fair Trade premiums to support organizational strengthening of productive partners that are not members of the cooperative also, such as the Association of Stevedores, Sorters and Employees of El Guabo.
In 2010, El Guabo renewed its commitment to social development by continuing to fund education and healthcare initiatives in the community. Fair Trade premiums fund health insurance programs and promote local access to medical services, benefiting El Guabo's active and retired members, their families and the community. El Guabo continues to use Fair Trade premiums to support 16 rural schools in the area. Educational support from El Guabo covers at least one teacher’s salary per school, and promotes the incorporation of local realities into school curricula.