Producer Profiles

Bananeras de Urabá - Mi Tierra, Madrigal, Tagua, Cantares...

Bananeras de Urabá is a banana export company located in the tropical northwest region of Colombia and comprised of six Fair Trade Certified™ farms. Founded in 1963, Bananeras de Urabá has experienced many highs and lows due to numerous domestic conflicts and unstable regimes. Since Fair Trade certification in 2005, the association has focused its efforts on developing social and environmental programs for its workers and families. As a result, workers have better access to international markets, educational institutions and sustainable farming methods. Basic necessities such as clean running water and electricity were scarce before, but Fair Trade premiums have now helped workers access more funds to rebuild their homes, send their children to school and save for future investments.
 

Quotable

We would like to thank Bananeras de Urabá for their generous donation of musical instruments, funded with Fair Trade premiums. Our children are very grateful.  

La Institución Educativa Currulao

On March 19, 2010, we saw the result of a joint effort between Bananeras de Urabá and banana workers at the Fair Trade Banana Company. The delivery of the first stage of the Rosalba Zapata Cardona Housing Development Project presented a new home for my family and I. This has been the best thing that has happened to me – owning a home really improves my family’s quality of life. Thank you to Bananeras de Urabá and Fair Trade for giving us the possibility of having a decent home. It gives us great satisfaction to know other banana workers will also have this opportunity."  

Hector Oviedo, Madrigal Farm Worker

On behalf of myself and my family, I’d like to thank Fair Trade and Bananeras de Urabá for changing our way of life. Thanks to Fair Trade I have overcome many difficulties. Fair Trade has given me the joy of going to college and participating in a diploma program which led to my promotion into our management team. I started as an entry level worker and eventually moved to the quality inspection department. Recently, I was given the opportunity to become coordinator of the packing plant at the Mi Tierra Farm, one of the largest in the company. My family and I now have a beautiful home and many amenities. Through Bananeras de Urabá and Fair Trade our dreams have become a reality.  

Hugo Herrera Fernel, Packing Supervisor

Programs

Music Program

The organization donated musical instruments to the “Sounds of Peace” youth community program. So far, workers claim the group’s music has reached the ears of 25,000 people through concerts and other activities. They hope to promote community, peace and harmony through music.

Skill Development for Women

In collaboration with SENA, Bananeras de Urabá is training women in an urban development program. Women have learned how to bake bread and cakes in addition to selling fried “empanadas” as a means to generate additional income. The results of this program have led the organization to invest in more training sessions teaching women how to form their own businesses.