GRAPOS - Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentables
GRAPOS provides essential services to its members including access to finance, technical assistance and community development programs. According to the organization, Fair Trade has helped them become more organized. Some of the most recent examples include programs developed with support from Fair Trade Premiums –such as a women’s knitting program or mushroom cultivation project as additional sources of family income. Please continue reading about other recent Fair Trade premium use.
With Fair Trade certification, we have learned how to better organize ourselves. There are groups of women now working in an organized manner too; they are an example to be followed in our region. ”
Jorge Verdugo Mendez
Women’s Knitting Program
A group of women producers and wives of producers from the San Rafael community formed the group “Mujeres San Rafael.” The group is dedicated to knitting work as additional means for income.
Crop Diversification – Mushrooms!
Likewise, a group of women producers and wives of producers from the Los Alpes community formed the group “Mujeres Los Alpes.” This group decided to grow mushrooms for local consumption as another source of income.
A Savings and Loan Bank
When GRAPOS first began receiving the Fair Trade Premium in 2009, the general assembly assessed the organization’s needs and weaknesses and decided creating a Savings Bank was the top priority. Today, Fair Trade premiums are still used to finance this service, invaluable to producers when income levels are especially low or scarce after the harvest.