San Diego, CA (March 18, 2014) – Alberto Ramirez Rivera, former GROW scholar who graduated in 2012 from the University of Colima with a major in agronomy, has recently joined the farming operations of Organics Unlimited. Ramirez is the new general manager of production at Rancho El Tesoro, the company-owned banana farms in southern Mexico.
“We are excited to have Alberto as a part of our growing team in Mexico,” said Organics Unlimited President Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “He was an outstanding student and a natural leader from the time he joined the GROW program in junior high school. When the position became available, we sought him out based on what we had previously seen with his interest and commitment both to our program and with his work ethic.”
In his new position, Ramirez is responsible for the quality of the fruit, from planting through harvesting. This includes the application of organic fertilizers, protection from pests and quality control at harvest. “Throughout my studies I have had a passion for organic growing and the benefits for both the workers and the environment,” said Ramirez. “I am very proud to be part of this great organization.” Ramirez worked as a young boy on banana farms in the local area, and is one of 44 students who have now completed university studies through the GROW program.
The GROW program was started by Organics Unlimited in 2005 to help the communities in the areas where their bananas are grown. Since that time, the program has provided over $750,000 for programs in Mexico and Ecuador that cover a variety of social issues: education from elementary to university level students, safe drinking water, vision clinics, dental clinics and early childhood education. All funding for GROW is through a small surcharge on the sale of GROW bananas.
Project Amigo, a non-profit GROW supports, had their 9th Annual Encuentro, or College Student Retreat. This was held last month in Cofradia de Suchitlán to celebrate the holidays. Of the 31 students in attendance, five were GROW scholars attending university. Continue reading
Your support of GROW bananas provides young adults amazing opportunities through scholarship programs such as Project Amigo. Through the GROW program, one fourth-year nursing student at the University of Colima, Adriana Dominguez (pictured above), got a chance of a lifetime to travel up to Seattle, Washington to gain experiences she never thought would have been possible before GROW. Continue reading
It’s been a fast, yet terrific month for Organics Unlimited and GROW. We have seen a lot of amazing support by consumers and retailers alike and we thank you all. With the culmination of GROW Month at the end of September, we ask that you please continue spreading the awareness of GROW all year round. GROW is not just a once a year promotion, it is a cause that Organics Unlimited supports continually through your banana purchases. Increase awareness of GROW and you will increase your sales. Continue reading
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Through the funding of the GROW program, your support not only gives hope to those who strive for a better education, but also a safe place to live. Thanks to the GROW program, nonprofits like Project Amigo can fund their boarding home for GROW Scholars at Casa Amiga and offered safe quarters to live while attending the University of Colima. Project Amigo is looking to add bedrooms and bathrooms to Casa Amiga in order to host more students, and with your support we can help them reach their goal. Continue reading
August is the time for families to prepare their children to go back to school. But for some areas around the world, many young people do not have the opportunity to receive a formal education. When you support GROW, you are providing children and young adults the chance to obtain proper schooling and development. Continue reading
August is Family Fun Month, a time to celebrate the importance of family. It is necessary to highlight what GROW has done and before GROW Month begins, express the value of family to your customers. Show them the impact GROW has on the lives of others to bring more awareness of how your sales of GROW bananas help.
Reach out to customers who may appreciate all that you do with GROW by showing how the program helps families in banana growing regions. This will raise awareness of what your store does for GROW and you will see an increase in sales! Continue reading
Because of our incredible customers, it is possible for children and young adults to receive an education they may have never had the opportunity to gain. By purchasing GROW bananas, you help underdeveloped communities learn beneficial health techniques that U.S. citizens take for granted. With GROW and your support, we can make great things happen.
Thanks to the GROW Fund, we have seen scholarship funding and health programs enrich the lives of others. Since its inception in 2005, GROW has seen 34 GROW Scholars in Mexico graduate from college! Seven of those 34 students graduated from the University of Colima this past month. Continue reading
GROW gives young people in the banana growing region of Mexico the opportunity to continue their studies in order to achieve their goals. Thanks to GROW, bright young students in Colima are given the chance to follow their dreams and make a new life for themselves and their families. Here is Dalia’s story:
“My name is Dalia. I was born and raised in Cerro de Ortega, Colima. I studied in its small schools where I enjoyed every moment of academic enrichment. I am part of a big family; I am the youngest of one brother and five sisters.
When I started high school my parents talked to me about making sure I always tried my best in school because from then on they would have to make major sacrifices in order to give me the opportunity to keep studying. Fortunately during that time I found GROW, which along with Project Amigo gave me the opportunity not only to finish high school but also to go to college. Today I am studying in the School of Foreign Languages to be an interpreter thanks to the help and encouragement that GROW has given me. I truly consider them part of my family because I have shared three and a half years of happiness and effort with them.
Thanks always to the GROW Foundation and Project Amigo”
Help GROW kids like Dalia stay in school by buying GROW bananas!