MAMA TIERRA is a Swiss non-profit organization (NPO) that has been supporting indigenous peoples since 2014 in their quest for self-determination, human rights and environmental protection. 600,000 Wayuu inhabit the northernmost tip of South America, in a desertic area called La Guajira, located in both Colombia and Venezuela.
Indigenous peoples should be able to earn a living in their own cultural context rather than working in mines, factories or households in the city, not to mention smuggling.
Opening trade routes for the Wayuu, taking their crafts to the global market, thereby benefiting indirectly a community of 883 people per month.
Mama Tierra is rescueing flamingos in one of Venezuela's most important coastal lagoons. The swamp "Los Olivitos" is the habitat, shelter and nesting area of the largest population of flamingos in the Caribbean. In 1996, it was declared a Ramsar area. So a wetland of international importance because of its biodiversity.
Solar energy for indigenous women
Give indigenous women access to solar energy! With this project we support the Wayuu indigenous people in La Guajira. This place is located in the north of South America between Colombia and Venezuela. Unfortunately, these indigenous people do not lead an idyllic life there, as it is often romantically portrayed, but they fight for their existence.
Mama Tierra offers soap making workshops to women, as regular hand washing with soap is one of the most effective precautionary measures against diarrhea diseases.
Keeping crafts alive
Mama Tierra opens trade routes for the Wayuu, taking their crafts to the global market. As a result, a community of 833 people are indirectly benefiting from our work. Indigenous peoples are thus able to earn a living in their own cultural context rather than working in mines, factories or households in the city, not to mention smuggling.
About Mama Tierra
The Wayuu women are among the best weavers in the world. Their traditional designs are based on natural elements such as river streams, animal tracks or star constellations. MAMA TIERRA combines this indigenous heritage with western trends, seasonal color styles and motifs. This results in irresistible, high quality accessories.