Julieta helping a group of students at a homework club. Photos courtesy of GROW and Project Amigo.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5, we wanted to share more about the dedication and work of the Project Amigo staff. With the help of GROW donations, raised through the purchase of GROW organic bananas, Project Amigo is able to aid the rural families in Mexico that live near the banana plantations. Educational scholarships pay for school uniforms, textbooks and supplies for the youth, and homework clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for students to visit after school. At each homework club location, a Project Amigo staff member serves as a teacher and provides other assistance.
Project Amigo staff not only serve as tutors and administrators for each club location, but they are mentors to many of the youth; tutors like Jorge and Julieta are role models for Project Amigo students that also want to go on to college and give back to their own communities through their chosen professions. Continue reading
It’s been a great 2014, and we are thankful for all our customers and GROW supporters who continue to choose Organics Unlimited. As we move into 2015, we promise to keep delivering only the freshest, most delicious sustainable organic bananas on the market. What are your objectives for 2015 and how can you plan ahead? Continue reading
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 2, 2014) – Organics Unlimited Inc., a San Diego-based organic banana company, is proud to announce two personnel moves. Dulce Mendoza has been promoted to operations and logistics administrative assistant and Luz Bautista recently joined the team as billing administrator.
“We are extremely excited to hire and promote from within our talented team,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, Organics Unlimited President. “The demand for organic produce continues to increase and, with the help of both Dulce and Luz, we can continue to provide excellent customer service.
“They are a tremendous asset to the team and I look forward to our company’s continued growth.”
San Diego born and raised, with strong Mexican roots and more than 10 years of experience supporting C-level executives, Bautista understands what it takes to work for a company that has a multi-national presence. She studied marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
“Organics Unlimited is on the rise,” said Bautista. “I am very excited and lucky to have joined the team at such a vibrant time.”
Mendoza started with Organics Unlimited in February of this year. Her experience includes customer service, warehouse management and inventory control management. Mendoza continues to pursue her education in business management, while serving in her new role at the company.
“I am very fortunate to be a part of an amazing organization that is not only family-owned, but also rapidly growing,” said Mendoza.
The GROW label from Organics Unlimited helps families in the banana growing communities by providing funds to Project Amigo, a nonprofit organization in Mexico. With the financial support they receive from the GROW label, Project Amigo is able to provide communities with vision clinics, dental clinics and literacy and an educational programs. Continue reading
San Diego, CA – Every September Organics Unlimited celebrates GROW Month, a time when more emphasis on the GROW program is placed on consumer awareness. Having raised over $1 million in support for scholarships, educational programs, and health clinics in the banana growing regions of Ecuador and Mexico, GROW Month has become a very important part in retailer promotions.
“Every year we see GROW Month expand among our customers,” states Mayra Velazquez de Leon, President and Founder of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “I have nothing but gratitude towards the enthusiasm and support our customers show for GROW.”
From 2012 to 2013, GROW support increased by almost 250 percent. This year, GROW has raised almost $200,000 in funds to help continue their efforts in social responsibility. Proceeds of the funds go to Children International and Project Amigo to help build opportunities for the workers, their families and their communities.
“It is very important to us that our customers have all the essential tools and information they need to raise the awareness of the GROW program to encourage the efforts supported with the purchase of every organic GROW banana,” says Velazquez de Leon. “We are all working together to change lives for the better.”
Organics Unlimited continues to offer free point-of-purchase materials to their customers. Complete with header cards, recipe cards, and other signage, all items in the free online store by Organics Unlimited is available for free download for self-printing. Printing is available at a reasonable cost. Banana bags are also available for special order.
A recent storm blew through southern Mexico, bringing heavy winds and causing damage to some areas of Colima, including part of the farms that supply Organics Unlimited bananas to the US. In total about 180 acres at El Tesoro, the premiere farm for the company, received some damage. While this definitely can impact availability, every effort is being made to fulfill orders in the normal way. Fortunately with multiple farms under the company’s management, there should be available supply for both immediate and long-term orders.
According to General Manager for Production, Alberto Ramirez, one of the biggest difficulties is the clean up from this type of natural disaster on a farm. And while it is an undertaking to get the damage cleaned up so that the acreage can be back in production, Ramirez has a special connection to the farm he’s now managing. As a former GROW scholar, it was GROW bananas that made it possible for him to continue his studies through the University of Colima and to now be in the position he is in. And one of the things that all GROW scholars learn is the value of giving back to their communities.
On Saturday, Ramirez organized a team of current GROW students to come to the Organics Unlimited farms and volunteer their services to help in the clean-up efforts. 17 of the current scholars spent the day clearing the downed banana plants, salvaging what could be kept and clearing debris. While the work was hard, the atmosphere and attitude of these young people showed the true connection that is developed between these scholarship recipients and their sponsor – GROW. After many years together, this is truly a community that is here to support each other. And it’s a silver lining to a devastating storm for Organics Unlimited.
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