Here is another thing your money goes to when you buy Fair Trade bananas. Promesa, which distributes the Fair Trade premium of one dollar per box of bananas, wants to improve the education in the schools in the area.
Concretely by paying the salaries of 17 teachers, one in every school.
Less tangibly by capacitating teachers.
Promesa’s manager Gustavo Novillo wants to bring banana knowledge into school.
– The kids need to know about the banana industry, because this is a banana province, he says.
Novillo wants to tie banana knowledge to the regular education in different subjects such as english or grammar.