In Spanish Mama Tierra stands for Mother Earth, especially the indigenous woman inspired us: she earns the family’s living, brings up the children, struggles for the preservation of the environment and passes on the indigenous heritage.
By selling ethnic art, we support the financial independence of the indigenous women. mama-tierra.org
5400 Baden, Schweiz
FUNDACIÓN MAMA TIERRA
Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia
We are Mama Tierra, a Swiss association from Baden supporting indigenous Wayuu people since 2014 with solar energy, nutritional programs and fair trade for their handcrafts. This year has been hard due to COVID-19, which has increased food scarcity and has deepened their hunger crisis. But we have done our best to bring food where there is hunger, work where there is unemployment and hope where there is despair.
Katherine Klemenz is CEO of Mama Tierra in charge of fundraising and marketing. As Swiss, Colombian and Venezuelan with indigenous roots, she builds a bridge between both countries. Her studies in communication science and marketing, professional experience in top communication agencies allowed her to build the Mama Tierra brand, driving sales and donation of the Mama Tierra’s online shop. Her degree in fundraising management helps to increase Mama Tierra’s fundraising. Currently she is studying at the University of Zürich social anthropology with a special focus in material culture.
Katherine speaks 6 languages.
Lourdes Grollimund is a Swiss-Venezuelan. She grew up reading stories from indigenous tribes and was particularly fascinated by the rich fantasy of the Wayuu people, which allowed her to develop a love and respect for the Wayuu culture. Lourdes completed her studies in Geophysics at the Simón Bolívar University and in the US, where she graduated from a Masters and PhD degrees in Geophysics at Stanford University. Through Mama Tierra, Lourdes has been able to put into practice her knowledge in colors and design, and most importantly, she has been able to work together with the Mama Tierra team in order to bring into reality her goal of empowering people through education, employment and humanitarian help. All this while being engaged in her community as well. Lourdes is a mother of three.
Branding and Fundraising Colombia
Board of directors
He holds a Bachelor in Business Information Systems.
Douglas Fernandes DaSilva
Research and Development
Coral Hernandez Finol
As an illustrator, Coral worked for brands like Betsey Johnson, Santoro London, Puig and Zara. Coral holds a degree in graphic design from Zulia University in Venezuela and a master's degree from the Elisava Superior School of Design in Barcelona. She has developed her passion for the indigenous people in her hometown of Maracaibo. A place with the densest indigenous people in the north of South America.
Board of directors
Michelle von Dach
Fundraising and events