Bring light into darkness
Solar energy for Wayuu-indigenous peoples
Target stage 1:
This project supports the Wayuu, an indigenous community in Columbia. We aim to provide at least 100 households with solar lamps and solar panels. We focus on women, since they are the care taker in this indigenous society.
Women are key
This project focuses on Wayuu women, because they are the main providers for their families, they raise the children, and take care of the environment. Wayuu society is matrilineal, which means that duties, responsibilities and possessions are inherited following the female lineage.
At Mama Tierra, we need your support to help us turn the wish of the Wayuu, to have light and electricity, into reality: to have access to basic comfort thanks to electricity. Our goal is to provide a hundred households with power produced by solar panels. The more money we can raise, the more families we can reach and help. In exchange for your support we offer attractive goodies. Thank you very much for your support and helping us to bring light into darkness.
Furthermore, access to light at night provides better security and makes life in general easier. The Wayuu plan to use the solar lamps to lite up the dark footpaths at night and the inside of their houses. This will allow the Wayuu women to better look after their children and the elderly, especially during night-time.
Help us to bring light there where is darkness.
Thank you very much for your support!
Katherine Portmann is CEO of Mama Tierra in charge of fundraising and marketing. As half Swiss 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.
MAMA TIERRA is a Non-Profit Organisation registered in Switzerland and Colombia, active also in Venezuela. 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 nature and passes on the indigenous heritage.
By selling ethnic art, we support the financial independence of the indigenous women. Dr. Rosa Enn was born in Salzburg, Austria and has lived in Zurich, Taipei, Vienna and Salzburg. She obtained her doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Her fields of expertise are environmental justice and indigenous peoples with regard to their social, cultural, and legal positions within national and international discourses, human rights, and political ecology.
Her recent publications discuss the heritage of colonialism and the impact of a nuclear waste repository on the socio-economic structures of the indigenous Tao community of Taiwan’s Orchid Island. Dr. Enn advises the international NGO Asian Health Literacy Association in Geneva and at the United Nations.
Lourdes Grollimund is the president of Mama Tierra and is a Venezuelan living in Toronto. She grew up reading stories from indigenous tribes and was particularly fascinated by the rich fantasy of the Wayuu people. 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. Her goal is empowering people in her country through education, employment and humanitarian help to avoid their abuse. Lourdes is a mother of two.
Rolf is Swiss and has been working as an IT manager for the past 20 years, mainly in the financial services sector. He holds the position of the treasurer at Mama Tierra and maintains the IT infrastructure. Rolf brings important experience in strategic development and economics to the team, having supported projects worth millions of Swiss Francs for a leading Swiss bank.
He holds a Bachelor in Business Information Systems.
Alex Steele is a member of the Board of Directors at Mama Tierra. He has worked as consultant and coach for the last 25 years. As such, Alex has been leading organisational development and innovation within industry and government. Alex is a Visiting Professor in Transformational Learning and Sustainable Development at ULAB University in Bangladesh and he is an associate academic with the London Business School and Ashridge Business School in the UK. Alex's expertise includes environmental management, sustainable development, community development, corporate social responsibility, innovation and leadership development. Alex is the Founding Director of Improwise, an organisation supporting organisations and communities to bring about change and innovation, in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Alex has a parallel career as a professional jazz pianist. He is a father of three.
MAMA TIERRA is a non-profit organization, which supports indigenous people in their strive for self-determination, human rights and environmental protection. 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 nature and passes on the indigenous heritage.
By selling ethnic art, we support the financial independence of the indigenous women.