I am confident in the Fair Trade Savings Program because it helps me secure my family’s sustenance. ”
Lidia Novoa, Joygardens worker
Small Business Training
Joygardens used Fair Trade premiums to facilitate a small-business and skill-building training program for workers to start their own business. The training this year was on beauty parlor skills and management. 26 female employees benefited from the program.
Breast Cancer Screening
In 2008, Fair Trade workers at Joygardens establised a cancer screening program for female workers. FUnded with Fair Trade premiums for community investments, the health program covers screening costs and additional testing in the case of an abnormal screening result.
The Fair Trade workers at Joygardens have established a Fair Trade premium-funded, low-interest credit program intended for groceries and hygiene product purchases. Workers are encouraged to buy basic need items on credit with a 3-month repayment plan to encourage savings, financial planning, and investment in larger household improvements.