Ecuador El Batan Fair Trade Organic
We couldn’t be more excited to reintroduce Ecuador El Batan and renew one of Equator’s oldest relationships that began nearly fifteen years ago! The village of El Batan is located high in the Andes mountains in southern Ecuador, where a handful of smallholder farmers, each cultivating just a couple acres of land, live and grow coffee. A community organization founded in El Batan was established in 1986 by a group of women who came together to find ways to earn income for their families. What started with just three women, quickly grew to thirty. The group was able to take out small loans to start enterprises such as growing and selling yucca in the local market. Years later, the group became the foundation for the coffee farmer cooperative we know today.
Equator continues to provide a rolling micro-credit loan fund to farmers for their short-term credit needs. What began as a micro-loan specifically for the community of El Batan gradually expanded to include many farmers in the surrounding area known as El Airo. The goal of this revolving micro-credit loan fund is to supply the resources for farmers to complete an assortment of farm-based projects, including farm renovations, food security programs, and income diversification initiatives. Among other projects, members have used the funds to invest in irrigation for their farms to help safeguard the harvest during unpredictable weather.