Marike de Peña is the Director and Co-Founder of BANELINO, a banana cooperative made up of nearly 400 small farmers in the northwest region of Dominican Republic. She is also the Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC) and has been a member of its board since 2006.
Marike was born in Holland, but has lived and worked in Dominican Republic for more than 25 years. Among other positions, she has also worked for the Dominican Land Reform Institute; where she supported small-scale farmers to develop sustainable agricultural practices. She continued her focus on supporting small farmers by co-founding BANELINO in 1996. The cooperative works to defend the interests of farmers in the market and promotes strong alliances and organization.
Marike is also the Coordinator for the Network of Banana Farmers (CLAC), President of the National Fair Trade Platform in Dominican Republic (COORDOM) and is a member of the Board of Directors of Fairtrade International.
In March 2015, she was recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential women in the food sector.