GROW Scholars receive training and pursue their career dreams
As September draws to a close, Organics Unlimited is busy wrapping up GROW Month, a month in which retailers celebrate the positive impact of the GROW program on underserved communities in the banana-growing regions of Mexico and India. Ecuador through the sale of organic bananas bearing the Organics Unlimited GROW label.
The recent storms and earthquakes that have rocked rural banana growing areas remind us that natural disasters can strike at any time. Setting up programs like GROW, which can step in at any time to provide disaster relief, adds an extra layer of support to banana-growing communities where poverty rates are often high.
The GROW program goes beyond a “fair deal”. In addition to ethically sourcing produce and paying fair prices to growers, GROW supports educational programs for young people, health clinics, dental and vision care in Mexico, clean water and sanitation programs. early childhood education in Ecuador and environmental initiatives in addition to the aforementioned disaster relief.
Education is key to providing a better way of life for underserved communities, and the GROW scholarship program is having a positive impact on children in settings like Cerro de Ortega in Mexico, a community that is home to many GROW scholars. Poverty and wealth inequality are significant challenges in Mexico.
Children are often encouraged to start contributing to family finances rather than continuing their education. School often means more expenses such as internet access, uniforms, school supplies and travel. The GROW Scholarship Program is administered in conjunction with the Amigo Project and helps families discover the value of education while giving children early access to a brighter future.
GROW Scholars gain valuable training that will enable them to pursue their professional dreams of being accountants, architects, business owners, doctors, graphic designers, psychologists, teachers, and more. This educational support has enabled former GROW Fellows to become doctors in their towns that had none before and others to start small local businesses that thrive and are woven into the fabric of these communities. Social responsibility efforts like GROW by Organics Unlimited have a positive impact on the most local level of society – it’s a complete game-changer for many people.
For over 17 years, GROW by Organics Unlimited has been at the forefront of ethically sourcing organic bananas. Purchases of GROW Organic Bananas, along with support from retailers and distributors, have provided over $3 million in assistance since 2005. A percentage from the purchase of each box of GROW Organic Bananas goes to the GROW Fund .
Buyers who prioritize positive social change and who always do what’s best for the environment can take comfort in knowing that when they buy GROW bananas, they are living those values. Organics Unlimited GROW organic bananas are fairly traded and environmentally friendly.