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

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

This is a great opportunity for our children. As we grow old, we hope that one day they will be our leaders and bring our community a better future.  

Leonor Garzón, El Guabo member

The mutual support between El Guabo, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, is an efficient way to get healthcare to all of our members as well as the community. We provide medical supplies with our Fair Trade premium and the other organizations provide the medical professionals and facilities where services are provided.  

José Llanos, President of Luz y Guía

Programs

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.

Capping Administration Costs

In an attempt to minimize administration costs and invest Fair Trade premiums to address the greatest needs, El Guabo has limited administration costs to 15 percent of their budget. This year less than four percent of the budget was spent on administration, ensuring that funds are spent on the community and helping improve workers’ lives.

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.