29 August, 2017

Back to School After A Fair Trade Trek

by Ian Brown, Fairtrade Canada

Amber Minor is a leader within the Fair Trade Schools Program, having achieved the designation for the school at which she teaches – McKay Public School in Port Colborne, ON - in June 2016. The school’s commitment to Fairtrade is very impressive, and they won the Canadian Fairtrade Award for best Fair Trade School the same year.

As part of her 2017 summer break Amber and her sister Jordanne took a trip to Ecuador, which included a visit to the ASOGUABO Banana Cooperative, a Fairtrade certified producer group in the south of the country, a short distance inland from the Pacific coast.

During the visit the women got to learn about the whole process of banana production, from planting to harvesting and packaging, even seeing full boxes of green bananas being loaded on to a shipping container destined for our friends at Equifruit and then to stores across Canada. The image shows Jordanne and Amber (wearing an awesome Fair Trade School t-shirt!) with Wellington, Vanessa and Margarita of ASOGUABO.

Read this extensive blog post for the full story of their visit to ASOGUABO.