'I have 3.8 hectares of bananas that I farm here. I've been a member of ASOGUABO for three years.
Fairtrade, well, the name says it, it's fair trade. I get paid a fair price, I get treated fairly. As well as that, there's extra help, with the Fairtrade premium. We've been helped with the biol (fermented organic fertilizer produced by the coop) and for me, that's the best, we're using it every week and it works.
We get help to pay the workers's insurance, access to health care, and dental care, for us and the workers.
The difference between conventional and Fairtrade, well, you just can't compare them, I can tell you because I've done both. You sign a contract for a year, but they don't pay you a fair price for more than a couple of weeks a year. With Fairtrade you get a fair price all year.
I think that women are better organised, and we have a better way of dealing with workers, we're less explosive than men. There are always mistakes being made, every day, that's normal, but women deal with them better, with less conflict.
With Fairtrade, women have come to the forefront. At the beginning the board had few women. Now the men have to be quiet.'
- © Sean Hawkey 2019
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- Ecuador: ASOGUABO Fairtrade bananas