Roses are grown in the mountains in greenhouses to ensure maximum luminosity, which allows the flowers to grow faster. Large reservoirs nearby hydrate the roses in the greenhouses and promise a constant water supply. Nevado Ecuador produces 52 varieties of roses, including organic varieties.
Thanks to the educational scholarship program, I was able to keep my kids in school and give them everything they need to study: uniforms, enrollment fees, school supplies. In fact, I’ve also benefited from this project, because through it I was able to take a computer course! ”
Carlota Garcia, Nevado Ecuador worker
Fair Trade Premium funds scholarships for flower workers' children
The workers of Nevado Ecuador have decided to use Fair Trade premiums to support workers’ children aged 17 to 20. The Nevado Ecuador education program provides scholarships for high school students and vouchers to help pay for school supplies, school registration and uniforms. Workers’ children agree that the financial support has helped them prepare for essential subjects including mathematics and English.
Dental Clinic provides flower workers with on-site care
The workers of Nevado Ecuador have established a dental clinic at the farm, open 10 hours per week and available for all workers and their families. The clinic also has a children's day care center and occasionally holds lectures and workshops for interested workers and community members.
Flower Workers learn about organic farming through workshops
Starting in 2009, Nevado Ecuador’s workers decided to create experimental organic garden workshop projects for about 55 workers. Individuals are assigned to different parts of the garden, and each uses knowledge gained from the workshops to grow organic plants. To celebrate their accomplishments, they also sell their products in organic markets.
Low-Interest Premium Funded Micro-Loans available to flower workers
Workers on the farm spearheaded a microcredit program in 2009. The program disburses small loans for emergencies or in times of death. Loans may also be used for school tuition, home improvements, paying funereal costs or farming investments. Workers say this program has benefited over 170 workers and their families.