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AgroAmerica Will Feature A New Savings And Credit Cooperative For Its Employees

AgroAmerica Will Feature A New Savings And Credit Cooperative For Its Employees.

Guatemala, March 2013. The construction of the offices and store of “Mi Gente” Cooperative at Agroamerica farms started this month and is expected to be completed by May, benefiting 400 members.

Employees affiliated to the Cooperative will receive many benefits such as: a credit union that will offer access to low rate loans, savings and credits, a grocery store that will supply basic commodities, motorcycles and electrical appliances at reduced prices, and participation in medical, ophthalmological, dental and deworming campaigns to improve the health of its members and its communities.

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AgroAmerica’s Employee Received The “Order Of Work Excellence” From The Ministry Of Labour.

AgroAmerica’s Employee Received The “Order Of Work Excellence” From The Ministry Of Labour.

Guatemala, March 2013. Teresa de Jesus Aguilar, Agroamerica’s employee from a packing plant was selected this year by the Ministry of Labor in Guatemala (MINITRAB) to receive a recognition for work excellence, awarded every year to 17 women, on the International Women’s day for outstanding work performed in the areas of agriculture, trade, industry, service and government.

“Mama Tere”, as known affectionately in the plantations, has been 21 years with Agroamerica: three years in Izabal and 18 years in Escuintla. She started working on different chores in the banana packing plants such as, boxing bananas, removing the hands of freshly harvested bananas from their stems, placing them in trays and cleaning tanks.

Teresa at all times puts great effort and dedication to every task assigned to her, always thought and performed unconditionally on behalf of the company’s best interest. “Mama Tere, has always been reliable and a doer, I have known her for 17 years” stated, plantation’s Chief Security Officer.

In addition to the medal and diploma received, Agroamerica awarded her a cash reward in recognition for a job well done and for all the years of excellent service to the company.

Plantation Manager, acknowledged Teresa’s work, stating “Mrs. Tere is an example that we all should follow. I am impressed with her loyalty, and her desire to always do a good job. She has given her life to the company and that is why we honor her.”

Rosalina Balerio Chavez, coworker added: “I have worked with Mama Tere for 10 years. She has always been kind, and responsible.

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AgroAmerica Donates 7000 Bananas To Rural Schools

AgroAmerica Donates 7000 Bananas To Rural Schools.

Guatemala, February 2013. Agroamerica donated seven thousand bananas for schools refreshments snacks, for the rural communities of San Jose Mogollon and El Jabali in Nueva Concepcion, Escuintla. Over one thousand students were benefited from this donation.

This donation was made possible through the food security program -Happy Families- (Familas Felices); the objective of this program is to strengthen nutrition in children. Bananas contain high nutritional value, helping children to enhance school performance. Teachers serve bananas to children with honey, milk or prepare banana pancakes. The bananas were delivered with the support of the local Community Council for Development (Comite Comunitario de Desarrollo -COCODE.)

The president of the Community Council of Mogollon, Jesus Lopez, stated: “This donation brings not only happiness, but health to children because of the vitamins that Bananas contain and helps to prevent diseases. The community Council and its neighbors are very thankful with Agroamerica.”

Blanca Merida, principal of one of the schools stated: “In our school we have many children with severe malnutrition and these bananas received will help them to eat healthier and improve their learning skills.”

Jackeline Mechua, 5th grade teacher added: “This is of great help because many children come to school on an empty stomach. Tehy are dreaming of tortillas and are unable to concentrate in class. Having a full stomach makes a difference!”Guatemala, February 2013. Agroamerica donated seven thousand bananas for schools refreshments snacks, for the rural communities of San Jose Mogollon and El Jabali in Nueva Concepcion, Escuintla. Over one thousand students were benefited from this donation.

This donation was made possible through the food security program -Happy Families- (Familas Felices); the objective of this program is to strengthen nutrition in children. Bananas contain high nutritional value, helping children to enhance school performance. Teachers serve bananas to children with honey, milk or prepare banana pancakes. The bananas were delivered with the support of the local Community Council for Development (Comite Comunitario de Desarrollo -COCODE.)

The president of the Community Council of Mogollon, Jesus Lopez, stated: “This donation brings not only happiness, but health to children because of the vitamins that Bananas contain and helps to prevent diseases. The community Council and its neighbors are very thankful with Agroamerica.”

Blanca Merida, principal of one of the schools stated: “In our school we have many children with severe malnutrition and these bananas received will help them to eat healthier and improve their learning skills.”

Jackeline Mechua, 5th grade teacher added: “This is of great help because many children come to school on an empty stomach. Tehy are dreaming of tortillas and are unable to concentrate in class. Having a full stomach makes a difference!”

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AgroAmerica Fights Poverty And Malnutrition In Guatemala Through The Food Bank

AgroAmerica Fights Poverty And Malnutrition In Guatemala Through The Food Bank

Guatemala, January, 2013. Agroamerica as part of its Social Corporate Responsibility Program has joined the Food Bank of Guatemala -BAG-(for its initials in Spanish) to distribute food in the Department of Quetzaltenango and other areas of the country, which have been given priority because of its high rates of poverty and malnutrition.

For several years, Agroamerica has had food security programs in the communities close to their operations, such as “Familias Felices”, Nutritional Reinforcement with Bananas, medical event days, and others, to fight poverty and hunger in the South West Coast of Guatemala. This year, Agroamerica, became member of the Food Bank of Guatemala -BAG- and donated ten thousand dollars that will be used to buy food bags to be distributed in Quetzaltenango and other departments of the country.

“Contributing to BAG, we help make a positive impact in the communities close to our operations and achieve two of the Millennium Development Goals: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and reduce infant mortality”, stated Bernardo Roehrs, Corporate Director of Agroamerica.

BAG is a nonprofit institution that collects food since 2006, with the support of the food industry companies, in order to distribute them in communities of extreme poverty, that are organized and don’t have the necessary resources to have adequate food.

Edgar Estrada, Executive Director of BAG, comments that it is important for private companies to support this type of associations and to care about social issues that help improve the living standards of rural communities in need, because “food and education are the key components to the development of a country”, points Estrada.

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