Our Project: a social enterprise initiative
Phase I - Colombia
The first part of the project will focus on furthering the development of the production and marketing of a line of jewellery in Colombia. The Foundation’s jewellery brand, “Emeraudinne – Ethical Jewellery” will be created based on the principles of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility and will operate within an environment of solidarity and fair wages. Training for stonecutters will continue in collaboration with the SENA. We aim to put the miners and stonecutters of the Coomultraquipama cooperative at the very helm of their destiny.
Phase II - Switzerland
For the second half of the project, we will be seeking to create a workshop in Switzerland for local unemployed jewellery designers who wish to join our collaborative initiative and create a jewellery line. We will focus mostly on using mature unemployed jewellery designers but will also be able to take on graduates seeking their first work experience in the jewellery sector. We offer the opportunity of creating a strategic alliance with unemployed professionals capable of bringing their own personal experience to the project and their salaries in the first instance, would be covered by Swiss organizations such as unemployment insurance agencies.
In both Phase I and II, the semi-precious stones used in the framework of the project will be extracted and cut by the small-scale miners and stonecutters of the Coomultraquipama cooperative. The members of the cooperative will have control of the flow of raw materials from beginning to end with no intermediaries and greater financial gain for themselves. To ensure the quality of the stones, we are grateful to the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaie (SENA) in Colombia which will handle training in the cutting and polishing of semi-precious stones.