– Fair Trade helps us small farmers, say Angel Bueno and Hector Coraizaca.
– It helps us find markets for our bananas.
They live in the village of La Cadena in the south of Ecuador and cultivate small farms of three hectares. And they farm both cocoa and banana on that soil. The cocoa they sell to the nearby Lo Progreso cooperative, where the cocoa is dried and sold to French buyers. The bananas go to the Asoguabo cooperative, which is part of Fair Trade.
Today the agricultural technicians Keyvin Vega and Diana Dominguez from Asoguabo are visiting the village to collect the blue files of the producers. The producers keep weekly statistics about production quantities and methods.
They meet at Leucadia Ochoa`s house. She lives on a hill with a view over the mountainous area where part of the plantations are situated. A bit further away a mule is standing in the shadow.
– The mules carry the bananas from the plantations that are out of reach by car, says Keyvin Vega.
The producer Rocío Nieves Quezada brings a tray of bananas, both big ones and small baby-bananas.
– Taste it, she says and invites everyone to try a fresh banana before returning to work.