19 Jul '12, 9am

How Fair Trade Helped Ecuadorian Flower Workers Get Their Sundays Back

How Fair Trade Helped Ecuadorian Flower Workers Get Their Sundays Back

Fair Trade Certified flowers in Ecuador ready to come to the U.S. When I first heard about the washing machines, I thought, “Really?” I’m so used to hearing Fair Trade farmers tell me about how they invested their community development premiums in things like healthcare programs, scholarships for kids and environmental programs. That’s why I was truly surprised when a group of flower farm workers in Cotopaxi, Ecuador, presented me with a piece of magic machinery that gives people their Sundays back. During my visit to the farm, I asked a worker, Elsa Vasquez, why her community decided to spend their premium funds on something as simple as a washing machine. Her statement was very clear: “I used to spend my Sundays, every single one, from 8am to 1pm down in the river washing my family’s clothes by hand. Now I spend it with my family. We go to church together. I take my chil...

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