Calypso

Company logo of Calypso

Company logo of Calypso

 

Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Calypso

Supply chain

  • Trading Partner: Calypso, microenterprise
  • Function: Producer
  • Structure: Own production, associated workshops
  • Tradeway: Direct import CONTIGO

Products

Santiago de Chile to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Jewellery made of glass and silver

Location

Santiago de Chile, Chile – distance to Europe: 12,200km

Founded in 1998

History

  • 1995: Marcela Cofré Salinas initially a professional landscaper, discovers her passion for making glass jewellery and installs a small production in the backyard of a shoe making workshop
  • 1998: After closing down the former production site, Calypso officially registers as a jewellery business and becomes the main family income of Marcela Cofré Salinas and her husband OscarMunoz
  • Calypso increases production volume, sells items locally
  • Due to weak national economy Calypso starts to export
  • 2004: collaboration of Calypso and CONTIGO starts
  • 2005: New building for a workshop is acquired
  • Since 2009: regular participation in international trade fairs in order to expand customer base
  • 2010: Crisis due to earth quake and rising costs
  • March 2011: Calypso is restructured and size of workshop is cut in half
  • Since 2011: Member of World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), strong cooperation with other Chilean fair trade organisations
  • October 2015: organisation of and participation in Chilean first fair trade exhibition
  • 2019: Calypso reduces staff and production, workshop is rented out to Green Glass, company of Marcela Cofre’s son
  • 2020: under Covid pandemic workshop is downsized again to only family members. Calypso focuses on promoting Fairtrade in Chile, building up a network of small producers and creating opportunities for them to sell directly on the domestic market

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2004

Calypso7Why does CONTIGO work with Calypso: Calypso is dedicated to the concept of Fairtrade. Te founder Marcela Cofre is president of the Chile association of Fairtrade and built up a nation wide network of artisans and supporters. Contigo appreciates the quality and creativity of Calypso’s glass jewellery.

Structure of the business

The family premises is shared by Calypso and Green Glass (founded by Marcela´s son Oscar). The production facilities are used by both companies.

In 2020 under Covid pandemic Calypso downsized operation drastically. Green Glass rented the complete premises and took over some staff from Calypso. The founder couple Marcela and her husband Oscar senior are still in production, her daughter Paloma (student) assists her parents by building up a webshop for domestic sales.

Number of employees:

  • No employees any more, since senior staff retired and Master Miguel Casas (glass polishing) went in home stay under Corona. The order volume decreased considerably due to the global economic crisis.
  • Outdoor cooperation:
    • Renato (1 employee), family workshop for all silver work
    • Two ladies Sonia and Romina (single mother with 2 kids) working from home. For both of them assembling of necklaces is a sideline income

Sales

  • Exports (95%) to USA ( souvenir shops of cruise lines), Germany, France. In 2020 sales to US cruieselines stopped completely due to Covid. 5% domestic sales via webshop and exhibitions in Chile.

Goals

  • To promote Fairtrade in Chile
  • To empower small producers to market handicrafts in Chile and overseas directly by participating in exhibitions
  • To open a permanent Fairtrade outlet for crafters in a renowned city mall

 

Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved

 

Fairtrade aspects

Calypso 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

  • only founder couple is working indoor
  • outdoor work is paid per piece on mutual agreement

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 9 hours/day (8:30am – 5:30pm) in the premises of Green Glass
  • 1 break (lunch)
  • 5 days/week

Social benefits:

  • only founder couple is working

Transparency

  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO

Monitoring

  • Personal visits in Santiago de Chile (2012)
  • Feedback interview during several visits in Germany
  • Member of:
    • WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) since 2011

Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Chile

Photos

Visiting Calypso

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Author: Janina Lange on 24. January 2021
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