Edmundo Yunga in Luz y Guía is proud of his bananas. You can tell by the way he talks about his four years with Asoguabo.
-The farmers in the village haven’t gotten any complaints. We even got a quality award. If we send garbage, it’ll end badly. The better we work, the more market we get for our bananas, and the more benefit from the sales.
He has owned his farm for 25 years, but mostly grew cacao and worked on big banana plantations.
-In the beginning 18 farmers in the village joined Asoguabo, but in the end only four remained. The rest left because of the high quality demands. A big part of the bananas didn’t make the quality check.
For him growing bananas means a better quality of life. Work for his wife and their four children, as well as for the people in the village. Income all year, which cacao didn’t provide.
-People didn’t trust the banana industry. The big companies only came to the small farmers when they couldn’t complete their orders and needed more bananas.
But through Asoguabo, the people got a market for their bananas, and the farmers in Luz y Guía have increased their production from 40 boxes to 500 boxes a week.