One Banana, a sustainable grower, shipper and distributor of tropical fruit with operations in the United States, Guatemala, Europe, Peru and Ecuador said its social development programs benefited more than 8,000 children in 2019.
“We aim to provide the tools so that each individual can develop their skills and potentiate progress in their families, communities, regions and finally benefit the development of their country,” said Robert Adams, president, sales and marketing of One Banana.
Among the programs aimed at the development of children and youth, the “One banana a day changes your life” nutrition program and the “Digital Gap Reduction” educational program, both developed in Guatemala, stand out for their scope:
The nutrition program aims to improve the nutrition and food security of children attending rural schools. With this program, One Banana promotes the active participation of social actors: business, community, and government. The program consists of incorporating “one banana a day” as a nutritional supplement to the school meal. Multiple local and governmental alliances have been established to carry out preventive health activities such as weight and height measurement.
The program requires the support and organization of government, teachers, community leaders and parents. After receiving adequate training from the company, they are responsible for transporting the bananas from the company’s facilities to the schools and preparing a room for bananas to reach their proper ripening point.
Children in Latin America benefited from the “Digital Gap Reduction” in 2019. The program was carried out in partnership with the
Association of Independent Banana Producers. It aims to provide technological tools that allow students to have access to educational programs in rural schools. In 2019, the “Digital Gap Reduction Program” benefited 5,943 children from 23 schools; among which are schools where employee’s children study. The program also includes a training plan for teachers, so they can implement the new tools in their academic program improving the learning process.