-I could build that transport cable thanks to the money from the fairtrade premium, says Catalino Uyaguari in Rio Joya.
When he joined Asoguabo he produced three boxes of bananas a week. Now he’s reached 80.
-I got financial help through the fairtrade premium so I could plant more bananas.
Uyaguari grows organic bananas.
-Don’t stop buying our fruit. It’s clean, without chemicals. It can’t hurt the consumers’ health. If they keep buying, we can keep working, he says.
Before he joined Fair Trade in 2003, he sold to middlemen. Then he heard of farmers who worked with Asoguabo and had access to good markets. As so many others in the area, he doesn’t just grow bananas. On his farm, the bananas grow next to cacao trees.
-In the beginning, I grew mostly cacao, but it only yields one harvest a year. I grew banana to have another source of income during the rest of the year.
His two children and four brothers work on the farm too.
-Asoguabo pays the farmers’ health insurance. I belong to the campesino social security program, and if the head of the family is insured, the insurance covers the whole family.