Our Employees

recolector santa barbaraAround 3,000 people depend directly or indirectly from our company. We have 55 full time, around-the-year workers that earn in average 30% more than the legal minimum wage and have their health and pension programs paid for by the company. On top of that we employ 950 seasonal workers to collect the harvest.

These work six months a year (during both the principal harvest and the “traviesa” or “mitaca”) and earn a daily wage between two and five times the legal minimum wage, depending in the amount they collect during the day.

Between 80% and 90% of these workers are from the Santa Barbara region. However, every year about a hundred plus come from all over the country to participate in the collection of the harvest. These stay in our newly reconstructed dormitories, which offer workers a free "room and board" well above industry standards. Working long days hand picking coffee in Santa Barbara’s steep hills is not an easy task, and we understand the importance of a quality meal and a comfortable accommodation at the end of the day.

Social Responsibility Projects

responsabilidad santa barbaraWe have concentrated our social responsibility projects on two key issues: education and individual land ownership.

We work with different primary schools around both estates in order to guarantee that they have the adequate infrastructure and resources to function properly.  We also have a strong program to provide financial aid and full scholarships to the sons and daughters of the estate workers that want to get a higher education.

In terms of our land-owning program, we help (with low interest loans or subsidies) our workers that desire to have their own plot of land near our estate or in other parts of the region. We understand that most of the social problems in the large Colombian cities derive from a massive migration of people from rural areas. These migrations are due to different factors, most relating to violent displacement by illegal armed groups or to lack of economic opportunities. By fomenting landownership, and helping out with financial and technical issues, we believe that we can make a huge difference in our region.

The Santa Bárbara Community

community santa barbaraSanta Bárbara is a small county in the southwest region of Antioquia. It sits atop one of the ridges in the central mountain range of the Andes. Popularly called “the balcony of beautiful views”, visitors are normally awestruck by the astonishing view of the Andean mountain range and the fertile valleys below.

Santa Bárbara has a population of around 20,000, and an economy based primary around the production of coffee and fruits like mango and avocado. Its people are warm and nice folks, and have the discipline and strict working habits common to the region’s inhabitants, also called paisas.

It is within this region that our estates are located, deeply integrated not only with its land but also with its history and its community. Colombia is a country that has suffered from chronic violence in the past, violence that most often than not finds its roots in rural poverty. It is with that in mind that we take our social responsibility very seriously.