SAPRIET - Sociedad Agrícola Prieto
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.
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.
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.