There are many tangible pieces to the Equal Exchange model. Organic. Fair Trade. Small Farmers. Cooperatives. While these are all important elements of our holistic approach toward trade, the small farmer piece is critical. First and foremost, the Equal Exchange mission is to give small farmers a place in the global marketplace. This is exactly why our tagline reads Small Farmers. Big Change.
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
November 7, 2017
As the banana buyer for Equal Exchange, this September, I got the opportunity to work and live alongside Guabo, a small farmer banana co-operative in southern Ecuador. Guabo is Equal Exchange’s longest banana partner; the two organizations have worked together for over 10 years to bring Fair Trade, organic bananas from small-scale growers to the U.S. marketplace.Ravdeep Jaidka