Producer Profiles

El Guabo - Asocación Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo

The Asociación de Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo (El Guabo) has been a Fair Trade pioneer since its foundation in 1998. The members of El Guabo are spread across a vast area of South-central Ecuador, impacting large sections of rainforest that benefit from the Fair Trade environmental standards of production. El Guabo members became Fair Trade Certified™ to commercialize their small, individual productions collectively and reach sustainable levels of socio-economic development.
 

Quotable

Thanks to this course, I believe we are better prepared to continue our work inside the association, and above all our group of small producers, La Cadena, of which I am the President.”  

Aníbal Cabrera, Secretary for El Guabo, President

The best thing El Guabo could have done was this leadership course, which allows us to learn more about the association and prepares us to take leadership positions. We can also contribute to the development of small producers. I am continuing to University now and this course has helped me in my professional development  

Luis Suárez Jr, son of El Guabo producers

We are securing larger amounts of high-quality fruit, which will increase our income by selling more boxes. The supplies warehouse allows us to access quality materials at a low price.  

Ramón Saenz, Farmer and General Assembly Member

Programs

Business Development Program

Funds are being used to continue business development. This program has two parts. One is the implementation of Precision Agriculture, described earlier; the other supports the sustainability of the export business. For instance, uniforms were provided for all workers to portray a strong and uniform company image.

Health Programs for Young and Old

With Fair Trade premiums, El Guabo funded a medical clinic that provided care to producers, workers, and the entire community. A separate program was funded to provide seniors with specialized healthcare, and another initiative, in alliance with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, provided Health Clinics to communities that lacked access to healthcare.

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.