Producer Profiles

Miriam Amparo - Bananera Miriam Amparo

Bananera Miriam Amparo is located in the Urabá region of Colombia. In 1979, Señor Teodoro Solorzano purchased the land and a year later began to export bananas with Colombian partner UNIBAN. In 1997, he annexed another farm to expand production. The two farms were briefly united under one administration, but began to function separately in 2003 for management purposes.
 

Quotable

I have always wanted to be a beautician and now I am actually taking a beauty course. Fair Trade has given me hope and an opportunity to follow my dream.  

Maria Maide Cortes, Miriam Amparo Employee

Thanks to the Fair Trade premium, I am taking a technical systems course to apply in community work. I feel good because I now count on resources to carry out what I have always wanted.  

Jaime Vargas Velez, Miriam Amparo Employee

I am very happy about the housing program because I did not know how I would ever own a house. I have four children and used to lived in a ranch beside a large river at a high risk flood zone. The housing program made possible with the Fair Trade premium improved my family's quality of life dramatically.  

Luis Tapias

Programs

Low-Interest Home Loans

Bananera Miriam Amparo uses portions of their Fair Trade premiums to provide low-interest loans for workers to purchase or improve their homes. This program has dramatically improved the quality of life for many employees and their families who otherwise could not have achieved their dream of home ownership.

Scholarships for Families

Bananera Miriam Amparo allocates a portion of their Fair Trade premiums to support the higher education of its workers and their families with tuition scholarships. The educational scholarships provide a vehicle for self-empowerment.

Reforestation Project

With funds from the Fair Trade premium, workers at Bananera Miriam felt determined to give back to their community by protecting forests in the area through a large reforestation initiative that began in 2009.