Finca La Buena Vida
Before, the possibilities of us owning a house were few, given the high costs of land and the lack of anyone willing to give us a loan. But the Friends Forever Corporation (Finca La Buena Vida’s Joint Body) loaned me the money to buy our house. This fills us with joy and enthusiasm, and we now look to the future with more optimism. Thank you Fair Trade! ”
Fredy Manuel Polo Hernandez
I am about to buy my first house. I still don’t believe it because I have only been working for two years at this farm, but I applied for a loan, made possible with Fair Trade premiums, and I was accepted! I have a wife and my first daughter will be born soon - I want them to have a home. Also thanks to Fair Trade, I know I have stable work and I have been able to complete my high school education with the cooperative’s Saturday school program. ”
Jorge Anaya, Buena Vista Farm worker
We are very thankful for everything Finca La Buena Vida and Fair Trade offers us. We are now able to pursue a higher education and grow intellectually and personally each day. We are also grateful for [the recreation program] that breaks up the monotony of the day and allows us to clear our minds. Fair Trade has made it so each person feels supported. In very little time, our Fair Trade Program has made us feel capable of fulfilling our dreams and goals. ”
Erika and Paulina Gutiérrez, Worker's Children
Buena Vida’s workers and their families benefit from scholarships funded by the Fair Trade premium. School fees are covered and adults are given scholarships to take vocational classes or pursue a higher degree. In order to keep their scholarships, children of workers must maintain good grades. Workers and wives of workers are awarded secondary education and vocational school scholarships.
Home Improvement Loans
With Fair Trade premiums, Buena Vida workers can access low interest loans to improve their homes or become first time home owners.