Here it is – the backpack the Asoguabo farmers’ children will receive this year.
– We give the backpacks to the kids in the last week of March, before school starts, says Marco Valle.
In Ecuador the schools are closed in january, february and march. Inside the backpack is a voucher worth 35 dollars, for buying school supplies. 900 children are receiving the annual gift this year.They are paid for by the Fair Trade social premium, which is a dollar per banana-box. The money goes to the cooperative and is channeled through its social fund Promesa.
– We used to grant scholarships too, but that’s not necessary now that the government has made all education in public schools free of charge, says Gustavo Novillo, the director of Promesa.