About us

About us

Mama Tierra is a Swiss non-profit organization supporting indigenous peoples since 2015. Human rights activists founded the association to drive social change and gender equality for indigenous women in Colombia and Venezuela, while protecting Mother Earth.

Mama Tierra puts a special focus on indigenous women as they earn the family’s living, bring up the children and pass on the indigenous heritage. That is why we created the Mama Tierra accessory brand in collaboration with indigenous women who craft our products with great dedication.

We believe that sustainable fashion and development is best executed through a non-profit structure. Because being legally binding to pursue social causes is a warranty that sustainability in fashion really happens. On the other hand, as non-profit we stand for the “trade not aid”-philosophy. Firstly, not relying solely on donations to develop social projects. Secondly, empowering beneficiaries with jobs and opportunities, rather than imposing social programs on them that might not be accepted in their culture or might not work in their environment.

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Our team

Who makes Mama Tierra possible?

Lourdes Grollimund

Founder & President

Katherine Klemenz-Portmann

Founder & CEO

Juan Pablo Nuñez Morillo

Social Media

Laura Osma

Fundraising Colombia

Ramona di Paola

Photography

Alex Steele

Founder & Advisory Board

Rolf Klemenz

Founder & Treasurer

Idairis Iguaran Sapuana

Production

Lermith Torres

Environmental Projects

Patrizia Stalder

Design

Sylvia Pezzuto

Accounting

Mariela Cao

Digital Communication

Susanne Lötscher

Communication

MISSION

To drive gender equality and sustainable development through fair fashion and community-led actions.

VISION

One day indigenous women will be able to choose their future, emancipate themselves and escape modern slavery.

Everybody will recognize indigenous crafts as art.

Goalsof Mama Tierra

Emancipation

Provide income through sales of indigenous crafts.

Sustainable fashion

Brighten the life of women with premium sustainable accessories.

Education

Provide access to education, especially for indigenous women and their children.

Environment

Promote environmental sustainability and protection in indigenous areas.

Humanitarian aid

So that development aid can take place.

Culture

Dissemination and valorization of indigenous culture.