There is a lack of medical support in the growing regions in Ecuador, therefore Natural Habitats provides medical support through the development of two medical centers and access to medical professionals. Because locals have difficulties in accessing basic medicine, Natural Habitats supplies medical kits with basic medications to communities. Communities have a chance to come for counseling, receive vaccines, and have regular check-ups in the medical centers.
Natural Habitats supports a dancing group of República de Panamá School. The group attract young children from the school to learn traditional Marimba dance.
Natural Habitats also organizes trainings for community members in different topics such as sexual education, environmental education, organic gardens, micro-enterprises, literacy and other topics that are encouraging people to lead more responsible, confident lives.
In all Natural Habitats operations, there are active projects to continuously improve the social and economic situation for smallholders, including paying a premium for the organic palm fruit that they grow. Natural Habitats strives to end the circle of poverty that affects many smallholders in developing countries in the world by providing smallholders access to an equitable and fair-trade system.
Natural Habitats provides health, safety and organic training to small holders. This training continues to grow and develop each year with in-depth information on organic principles and RSPO standards. All advice and training is given free of charge.
Our smallholders maintain their rights to freely organize, freely communicate, and bargain collectively. The farmers are free to choose what to grow on their land and where to process their products.
Natural Habitats pays a premium to small holders for supplying certified fruits – organic, RSPO or Fair For Life. Additionally, through education provided by Natural Habitats, smallholders are empowered to increase their output and therefore also increase their continuous income.