Finca La Frontera
I am very happy because my income has increased, making it possible to give my family a better life. ”
My son enjoys his wheelchair every day – he goes out visiting and goes to watch the soccer games he loves so much. ”
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
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.
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.
Small Business Loans
La Frontera used Fair Trade premiums to fund small loans for start-up businesses by farm workers and their immediate family. Such projects provide additional income for families.