Miriam Amparo - Bananera Miriam Amparo
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. ”
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 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
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.
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.
Recreational Sports Leagues
Fair trade premiums were used to organize a sports leagues that not only provided locals with a healthy pastime, but helped promote a sense of unity, pride and participation amongst the community.