Finca La Frontera
We are so thankful. Thanks to you we can have our own home. Even though we are just starting to build, it already feels like something that is really ours. Now we won’t have to keep moving from one rental house to another. ”
Rangel Barco Cuesta
My son enjoys his wheelchair every day – he goes out visiting and goes to watch the soccer games he loves so much. ”
I am very happy because my income has increased, making it possible to give my family a better life. ”
A New Field for Community Sports
La Frontera dedicated Fair Trade premium funds to the construction of a new sports facility. They allocated funding to level and prepare a field, plant grass and install the goals and nets for a new community soccer field in the “24th of December” neighborhood. The field is open to players of all ages. In fact, the farm spent additional funding to cover various costs of running a soccer tournament for children, which paid for uniforms, referees, balls, paper and office supplies for keeping track of tournament progress, and field maintenance. Ten teams, each consisting of fifteen children between the ages of ten and 14 participated; all told, 150 children from the community were able to enjoy this healthy form of recreation.
Academic Scholarships for Workers
La Frontera uses Fair Trade premiums to fund scholarships to help its workers pursue a formal education. Workers at La Frontera have pursued degrees to become network technicians and hospital administrative assistants, for example.
La Frontera’s workers have decided to share the benefits of their Fair Trade premium with their community. In 2008, the group chose to help a local youth named Farid Pitalua. Due to a physical condition, Farid could not walk and his family could not afford a wheelchair; La Frontera’s workers contributed $USD 317.00 to buy him one. Each year, farm workers collectively decide who in the community is in most need and how Fair Trade premiums could be spent to help them specifically.