Last October, we welcomed organic banana farmer Mariana Cobos to the Twin Cities to celebrate our 10 year anniversary importing bananas from AsoGuabo Cooperative in Ecuador. “I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to tell my story about the true history of small-scale banana farmers,” Mariana said during the visit. That story is filled with the difficulties, the challenges, and the inequity that small-scale farmers face.
We're proud to offer you a choice when shopping for bananas. Next time you’re browsing the fruit aisle, look for an Equal Exchange sticker on your banana bunch. By doing so, you're choosing to connect yourself to the courageous banana farmers in El Guabo co-op, located in Ecuador, and CEPIBO co-op in Peru.
The story of El Guabo, one of Equal Exchange’s farmer partners, is a success story in grassroots organizing.
CEPIBO was formed by small scale banana farmers located across northern Peru as a non-profit cooperative to provide access to the international market by representing, coordinating and marketing banana exportation for 12 grower associations.
From the Blog
June 18, 2013
Hello Summer! Humidity, sunshine and travel. If you are like most, your summer schedule is already filling up rapidly. With travel comes the hassle of meal planning on the go…..eating out more, grabbing junk food at the convenience store - we all do it. The past few years, I have challenged myself to continue to live out my principles of eating nutritious food, and eating food from companies and farmers that I believe in, while on the road. What? Is this possible in a world where most people can’t even eat this way in their home?Jessica Jones-Hughes