How Fair Trade Has Made a Difference
Divemex members formed a committee that brainstormed ways to use their Fair Trade premium. They democratically decided to use a portion of their premium on scholarships for the children in the community in need of financial aid. Although public education in Mexico is free, the government does not fund transportation costs, uniforms, books and inscription fees. These obstacles keep some of the poorest children from being able to get an education past elementary school. Without the structure and opportunities school provides, children are often left vulnerable and are targeted for drug traffickers offering easy money. Divemex offers $USD50 per month for students 11 years old and above that maintain a B average or higher to help cover associated school expenses. In exchange, scholarship recipients give back by doing community service.