Rosa Maribel Galecio Medina is an employee at APPBOSA, a small producer organization in the Piura Region in Peru. The 28-year-old Rosa Maribel is part of a 200 person work-force at APPBOSA station.
Here, bananas from surrounding plantations, grown and picked by more than 300 farmers, are sent for cleaning and careful packing in boxes weighing exactly 18,14 kilos before being exported to Europe and USA.
Rosa Maribel has been working at APPBOSA for two years. The stations were built in 2007 with support from the company buying their bananas and technical assistance from Fairtrade International (FLO).
The bananas are transported from the plantations by a unique 7 kilometre cableway. As a result of the cableway, carrying of the 50 kilo heavy banana bunches is shortened by nearly 450 meters, which also increases the amount of non-blemished bananas suitable for export. These are just a couple of the improvements people at APPBOSA have experienced thanks to the Fairtrade Premium.
For more producer stories, check out ‘Meet the Producers’ on the Fairtrade International website.