COAPRO - Cooperativa El Progreso Los Andes y Guatinaja
In spite of the occasional production loss, workers were very motivated by the fact that all of the cooperative’s payments continue - we have a reliable network for social security through Fair Trade. ”
Marisol Cuadrado, El Progreso Administrative Assis
Social Program Security
In 2010, COAPRO lost 70 percent of their production due to plagues arising from floods in the region. Thanks to Fair Trade premiums, the cooperative was able to continue funding their educational and productive programs. Twenty additional farmers benefited from Fair Trade premium-funded scholarships this year. Additionally, all expenses from ongoing infrastructural programs were paid without delay.
COAPRO members used Fair Trade premiums to pay for a water recirculation plant. The plant uses low amounts of energy to reduce the amount of new water going into banana production. The water that rotates through the system is treated at the plant before making its way back to the fields. This improvement benefits the environment and community by reducing the levels of potable water usage.