Producer Profiles

El Guabo - Asocación Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo

The Asociación de Pequeños Productores Bananeros El Guabo (El Guabo) has been a Fair Trade pioneer since its foundation in 1998. The members of El Guabo are spread across a vast area of South-central Ecuador, impacting large sections of rainforest that benefit from the Fair Trade environmental standards of production. El Guabo members became Fair Trade Certified™ to commercialize their small, individual productions collectively and reach sustainable levels of socio-economic development.
 

Quotable

We are securing larger amounts of high-quality fruit, which will increase our income by selling more boxes. The supplies warehouse allows us to access quality materials at a low price.  

Ramón Saenz, Farmer and General Assembly Member

The best thing El Guabo could have done was this leadership course, which allows us to learn more about the association and prepares us to take leadership positions. We can also contribute to the development of small producers. I am continuing to University now and this course has helped me in my professional development  

Luis Suárez Jr, son of El Guabo producers

It is the first time teachers are given training in our schools and the first time we have been given the opportunity to prepare a syllabus that will help us improve teaching methods in our schools.  

Helen Benavidez, Teacher at Río Cenepa School

Programs

Health Programs for Young and Old

With Fair Trade premiums, El Guabo funded a medical clinic that provided care to producers, workers, and the entire community. A separate program was funded to provide seniors with specialized healthcare, and another initiative, in alliance with the Ministry of Public Health and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, provided Health Clinics to communities that lacked access to healthcare.

Community Support in Times of Crisis

This program serves as insurance for members who may need extra assistance for any unexpected activity. This may include supporting workers’ families in case of death, providing assistance to seriously ill workers or family members, and sending food baskets to workers and their families in times of crisis.

Business Development Program

Funds are being used to continue business development. This program has two parts. One is the implementation of Precision Agriculture, described earlier; the other supports the sustainability of the export business. For instance, uniforms were provided for all workers to portray a strong and uniform company image.