Certified Organic and Fair Trade bananas, each bunch supports a small farmer in tropical climates where bananas can be grown.
About the Vendor
Equifruit is a Montreal based business dedicated to fair trade bananas.
Being 100% Fairtrade certified allows us to know exactly where our bananas come from, the names of farmers who picked them, even the date they did it. This level of detail is the secret to seeing commodities as communities — Full of people worth going to bat for. Every year, we visit the co-ops, farms and workers that make our Fairtrade bananas possible and we can’t stop bragging about their stories.
PERU - APPBOSA
APPBOSA (ah-peh-peh-boss-ah) is a co-op made up of 555 small producers farming collectively in Northwest Peru and employ 385 of their community members. Before becoming total hot-shots on the organic, Fairtrade banana scene, the co-op’s members farmed cotton for one landowning family that had a monopoly on the commercial process.
There’s nothing fair about monopolies. So when the opportunity to farm Fairtrade-certified bananas came about, 118 farmers jumped on board. Since 2003, the farmers have built the communities they crave, investing in local schools, quality health centres, potable running water in all their homes, and infrastructure glow-ups—like working cable systems that facilitate banana transportation from the farm to packing stations and refrigerated storage facilities.
ECUADOR - ASOGUABO
ASOGUABO (ah-sew-gwah-boh) is a co-operative located in the El Oro province in southwestern Ecuador. A true “teamwork makes the dream work” story, ASOGUABO was founded by 14 small-scale farmers who pooled their efforts to sell their bananas to supermarkets directly.
Today, they’ve grown to be one of the largest Fairtrade organic banana exporters in Ecuador, with 132 small-scale member banana farms. Collectively, they’ve invested in thoughtful initiatives like equipping kids with sweet school bags and supplies, as well as providing retirement care for their (also sweet) seniors.
This is in addition to getting those sweeties safe drinking water, and starting countless sustainability initiatives on their farms. Asoguabo is often used as a model farm on their treatment of workers and agricultural practices by the Ministry of Agriculture in Ecuador.