Allpa (Quechua) means earth


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Allpa


  • Silver jewellery
  • Alpaca fashion


Lima (Jesus Maria area), Peru – distance to Europe: 10,800km

Founded in 1986

Lima to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Lima to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


  • 1982: Peruvian Institute for Research and Development (IPID – Instituto Peruano de Investigación y Desarrollo) supports projects that combat poverty
  • 1986: IPID aims to improve living conditions of producers by improving trade relations between craftsmen, fishermen, farmers and Fairtrade actors
  • They receive US $48,000 funding to start the project
  • 1986: IPID provides a loan to a group of socially concious students (Nelly and Maria del Carmen were leading the project). Allpa is founded by them
  • 1986: Allpa acquires export licence
  • 1999: Partnership between CONTIGO and Allpa begins
  • Since 2004: Allpa is debt-free
  • Allpa regularly attends trade fairs (in Frankfurt, Las Vegas, Paris) to expand their customer base
  • Trading year 2014/2015: global crisis leads to decreasing sales of some customers. Allpa wins new US customers and can increase their sales
  • 2015: Participation in “FYDECOM” Project, innovative technique for weaving of alpaca textiles, new designs are possible

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 1999

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 30 employees at the headquarters in Lima (José Maria): administration, design developing, quality control, labelling, accounting
  • Partnership with 80 workshops (either family-run concern or incorporated to artisan groups or cooperatives), support of appr. 700 families
    • women produce textiles
    • men produce jewellery and ceramics

Organisation of workforce:

  • Regular meetings with employees and craftsmen to provide up-to-date information
  • Examples of partner workshops:

Silver jewellery workshop Fermin:

  • Located in San Juan Lurigancho in the north of Lima
  • Founder Fermin grows up in a family of silversmiths and learns the craft from his fatherAllpa40
  • He founds the workshop with his wife Madeleine (who now leads the workshop with female workers)
  • Partnership with Allpa since 2002
  • 8 employees (3 women and 5 men)
  • Workers receive US $220-230/month (payment by piece)

Knitting workshop Juan Vargas:

  • Located in San Juan Lurigancho in the North of Lima (close to the silver jewellery workshop Fermin)
  • Partnership with Allpa since 2007
  • Juan Vargas owns his own workshop since 2008
  • 20 employees (12 women and 8 men)
    • Women: sewing, attaching buttons, quality control
    • Men: Knitting
  • Additional employees hired during high season (up to 25 craftsmen)
  • Allpa supports Juan Vargas in building a new workshop

Knitting workshop Jose Aviles:

  • Located in Villa Maria del Triunfo in Lima
  • Partnership with Allpa since 2010
  • 7 employees


  • Exports (100%) to the U.S., Canada, and Germany


  • To support small producer groups and provide them with access to the international market
  • To improve production conditions in order to increase quality of the products and productivity
  • To increase product ranges for the Fairtrade market
  • To improve technical equipment in the workshops according to international demands
  • Concept for 2015-2020: stronger development and positioning of Allpa brand in the market

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with Allpa: They are very committed to improving the conditions for craftsmen. It is a very close, long-standing partnership with Allpa. Modern organisation.


Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

Allpa complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV

Fair wages

  • Minimum wage in Peru: US $150/month
  • Average wage at Allpa: US $206/month
  • Annual profit share distributed amongst employees
  • Higher wages in case of overtime (200% of normal wages on Sundays and bank holidays)

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 48 h/week (according to Peruvian guidelines)
  • 1 break (45 minutes)
  • 5 days/week (Peruvian standard)

Social benefits:

  • Health insurance (governmental scheme called “ESALUD” – both employer and employee contribute, employees pay 12% of their wage, everyone has access to hospitals, doctors etc.)
  • Suggestions or worries can be expressed anonymously using an employee letter box
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accident
  • Paid holidays
  • Lunch provided for free

Educational opportunities:

  • Allpa offers trainings to employees (some conducted by international experts) such as English, maths, management, organisation, technology, quality assurance and computer use

Occupational safety:

  • All safety standards are met


  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO
  • Regular meetings with employees and craftsmen to provide up-to-date information



  • Personal visits in Lima (2012)
  • Feedback interview during several visits in Germany
  • Member of:
    • WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) since 2008

Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Peru



Allpa meets Bill Clinton (2014)

2014_Maria und Bill Clinton

Visiting Allpa

  • Workshop Juan Vargas

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  • Workshop Edmundo

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  • Workshop Fermin

Headquarters in Lima, Peru: administration / shipping / quality control

Allpa visiting CONTIGO



Author: Janina Lange on 29. June 2016

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