“We are an organization of Ecuadorian small banana producers, dedicated to satisfy the demand of our customers with high quality standards, supported by the Fair Trade system, aiming to improve the conditions of our members and to improve our environment in social, environmental and labor terms.”
ASOGUABO became a Fairtrade certified cooperative in 1998. The 14 founding members began exporting their first container to Switzerland that same year.
They are now 125 coop members, covering over 800 Ha in 3 provinces: El Oro, Azuay and Guayas.
With a capacity to export 20 containers worth of fruit (22 000 boxes) every week. Their main import customers of are Agrofair in Europe, Equal Exchange in the USA, All Good in New Zealand and Equifruit and Discovery Organics in Canada.
ASOGUABO is also known as Asociacion de pequenos productores bananeros “El Guabo” (APPBG)
Fairtrade premium use
ASOGUABO manages the Fairtrade premium through the foundation PROMESA. For every box of bananas they sell, an additioanl 1US$ is paid as a FT premium
Below are the areas in which the coop members decided to use the FT premium for.
Coop capacity building
Fair trade and organic bananas are hard to come by, but the taste and nutrients are incomparable. </br></br> Bananas are well known for their potassium rich flesh, however they are also full of other nutrient health boosters including vitamin B, C, fiber and magnesium. They are more calorically dense than most other fruits making them a suitable and sustainable small meal. </br></br> Note that if there is any supply issues with this product we will automatically fill with <a href="https://www.theorganicbox.ca/catalogue/22861/">green bananas</a>.
These bananas are overripe and perfect for baking. </br></br> Fair trade and organic bananas are hard to come by, but the taste and nutrients are incomparable.