”Fair Trade creates jobs”

Today Rodrigo Aguilar's banana farm of 13 hectares is where 15 people from the village Chakra go to work. Before he joined Fair Trade the price of bananas was so low he couldn't afford to keep his employees.

Today Rodrigo Aguilar's banana farm of 13 hectares is where 15 people from the village Chakra go to work. Before he joined Fair Trade the price of bananas was so low he couldn't afford to keep his employees.

-Fair Trade is good for the whole village, because when the banana farmers can afford to hire, it means work for the people.

Rodrigo Aguilar grows bananas right on the border between Ecuador and Peru. From his packing plant you can see the narrow river that separates the countries.

-Thanks to Fair Trade, I’m still on this farm. Fair Trade gave me stability and peace of mind.

The years 2002-2003 were bad for the banana farmers, because the prices were very low.

-I couldn’t afford to keep my employees and take care of the farm. But then I got to join Asoguabo. There I recuperated because Fair Trade paid the same price all year, a price that was enough to keep the plantation running. Today I’m doing well and I have 15 permanent employees.

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