Arcadio de Jesus Ruiz Cardona is a coffee farmer in Santa Elena, Andes, Antioquia: "I'm 62 years old, 62 and a half"
"The technical support from the coop is useful, when they come we learn new things, me and my sons."
"I’m inscribed in the BEPS programme, the pensions, it’s a sort of savings, we put some money in, the coop does and I do when I sell coffee, and then I can get money out, a collaboration, a pension, when I need it. I will be more secure in my old age.
It means I can believe in a good future, no one could do that before.
I worked for a company in Medellín for years, and my pension contributions from then would be lost, because they are out of date, but through the BEPS programme with the coop I can get that money too, which is good, knowing that it would be lost otherwise."
The Fairtrade Premium is used by the Andes Coop in Antioquia, Colombia, to set up and run the BEPS pensions programme with its members.
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