SAPRIET - Sociedad Agrícola Prieto
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.
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.
The General Assembly organized a day of "Olympic Games" for all farm workers, employees and their relatives. This community event aimed to integrate and create greater social ties between workers, community members and other enterprises.
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.