Joana

Joana has experienced the benefits of Fair Trade first hand: Last year she was diagnosed with early-stage cervical cancer during a free on-site health screening provided by her farm’s Fair Trade premiums. From there, the farm’s health program covered her treatment costs, including a trip to a hospital in Quito for treatment. When asked about the treatment, Joana said, “At the other farm [non-Fair Trade], they wouldn’t have done this for me. But thankfully, everything turned out OK and I am still here with all of you and I continue to work.” Joana also received a zero-interest home loan from the farm’s Fair Trade premium to buy land to build a home for her 2-year-old son to grow up in – something that most single woman in Ecuador can only dream of.

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Taken on February 23, 2010