SAPRIET - Sociedad Agrícola Prieto
Investing in Workers' Education
SAPRIET invested Fair Trade premiums in the education of its workers in hopes of offering them new job opportunities. Workers agreed to establish a new computer center, hire computer technical assistants, provide primary and secondary education for workers and their spouses, and hire a new teacher for the "Aurelio Prieto" primary school in Buenavista.
Affordable Health Program
SAPRIET improved the living conditions of its workers and their families by implementing a health program in the community of Buenavista at low prices. Workers now have permanent access to a well equipped dispensary, extended operation hours, medical insurance for workers and families, and a dental center.
Portions of the Fair Trade premium are used as a "worker bonus" for permanent employees. In a single year, the worker bonus meant an additional payment of $USD 40 per month over the minimum wage.