El Antojo - Plantaciones Churido Finca El Antojo
I thank Fair Trade and the company for giving me the opportunity to have my own business, improve my social and economic conditions, and for enabling me to contribute to my community. ”
Héctor Isaac Cuesta, Worker
We are very grateful for the opportunity to have our own business. We now own a barbershop, which improves our economic outlook and overall quality of life. ”
Ever Manuel Pérez
I am very grateful that I now have access to credit so I can improve my home. This is a great benefit and my entire family's quality of life has improved. I hope Fair Trade lasts for a long time! ”
Leoncio Bonilla, El Antojo worker
El Antojo’s Joint Body boasts that an estimated 97 percent of workers have benefited from the scholarship program funded by Fair Trade premiums. Whether to finish elementary school, high school, technical school or an associate degree, El Antojo workers are encouraged to continue their education to improve their future.
El Antojo allocates Fair Trade premiums for a low interest loan program to finance the purchase of a new house, cover costs of improvement to current residences or to secure legal deeds on current property. Sixty-four workers have benefited from this program so far (2010).
Environmental Community Outreach
Fair Trade premiums are protecting local forests through El Antojo’s community outreach program. El Antojo funds and develops environmental awareness campaigns, maintains parks and recreational areas, and coordinates recreational activities, such as community soccer leagues.