-We farm completely organically, and the fruit we sell is clean. We’re ready to grow more if you ask for it, is Luis Marquez message to the consumers.
-Fair Trade has improved our lives. We get a stable price that we get by on and we can sell all year. In other companies, they can say ”This week we won’t buy from you”. With the fairtrade premium we can help our members with loans to improve their farms.
Marquez used to grow cacao, but wanted to grow banana like his father because it gives work and income all year. Asoguabo gave him the chance.
-In the co-op we got a stable price, which my father didn’t get.
That was eight years ago. Now Marquez is expanding his farm.
-I’ve applied for a loan to buy more land, plant more bananas and improve the infrastructure.