Producer Profiles

Finca La Buena Vida

Finca La Buena Vida is a banana farm located in the Urabá region of Colombia. The organization was formed in 1986 by six farmers during one of the country’s most violent periods and decade-long civil war. Today, the region is relatively peaceful and communities are rebuilding, but there is still significant activity by drug traffickers. Legitimate employment, which offers workers and their families a real chance to escape poverty, is vital to keep the youth out of the drug trade in this community. Fair Trade premiums guarantee a just price for farmers’ product and provide much needed development projects and education.
 

Quotable

I am studying system analysis and computer programming thanks to the Fair Trade program that has allowed us to study like our children do. Without Fair Trade premiums, it would be very hard for us workers afford our schooling at the university level. I'm very thankful for the funds and opportunities offered to workers and our children to continue our studies.  

Samir Ramos Navas, La Buena Vida Worker

I am about to buy my first house. I still don’t believe it because I have only been working for two years at this farm, but I applied for a loan, made possible with Fair Trade premiums, and I was accepted! I have a wife and my first daughter will be born soon - I want them to have a home. Also thanks to Fair Trade, I know I have stable work and I have been able to complete my high school education with the cooperative’s Saturday school program.  

Jorge Anaya, Buena Vista Farm worker

I am studying Pharmaceutical and Occupational Health with a scholarship from Premium funds. Through Fair Trade we can do well – even in what we thought before was impossible. Thanks to Fair Trade we have the opportunity to become professionals.  

Eladio Niño

Programs

Student Scholarships

Buena Vida’s workers and their families benefit from scholarships funded by the Fair Trade premium. School fees are covered and adults are given scholarships to take vocational classes or pursue a higher degree. In order to keep their scholarships, children of workers must maintain good grades. Workers and wives of workers are awarded secondary education and vocational school scholarships.

Home Improvement Loans

With Fair Trade premiums, Buena Vida workers can access low interest loans to improve their homes or become first time home owners.