SAPRIET - Sociedad Agrícola Prieto
Housing Bonus for Long-Term Members
SAPRIET rewards workers who have been members for over 7 years with a housing bonus between $USD 100 and $USD 4,000. This housing bonus can be used for the construction or improvement of their homes.
Portions of the Fair Trade premium are used as a "worker bonus" for permanent employees. In a single year, the worker bonus meant an additional payment of $USD 40 per month over the minimum wage.
Investing in Workers' Education
SAPRIET invested Fair Trade premiums in the education of its workers in hopes of offering them new job opportunities. Workers agreed to establish a new computer center, hire computer technical assistants, provide primary and secondary education for workers and their spouses, and hire a new teacher for the "Aurelio Prieto" primary school in Buenavista.
Affordable Health Program
SAPRIET improved the living conditions of its workers and their families by implementing a health program in the community of Buenavista at low prices. Workers now have permanent access to a well equipped dispensary, extended operation hours, medical insurance for workers and families, and a dental center.