Yolanda Rey de Villaneda: Founder of Dekomadera


This trade relationship is currently not active.


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Dekomadera

Bogotá to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


Hand-crafted items made out of wood


Bogotá, Colombia – distance to Europe: 9,200km

Founded in 1998


  • Since 1994: development of business concept
  • 1998: Founding of Dekomadera (in Spanish madera = wood), founder: art teacher Yolanda Rey de Villaneda
  • Dekomadera is started in founder’s house where first orders from friends are produced
  • Small workshop is opened where wood figures are crafted by hand
  • 2011: CONTIGO meets Dekomadera
  • Spring 2011: Dekomadera visits CONTIGO in Göttingen
  • 2011: first big order is placed
  • 2012/2013: Move to bigger workshop in Chia
  • 2015: New range of stitched hand puppets (mainly for the home market)


Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2011

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 10 employees (5 women and 5 men, 2 employees with disability)
  • 4 part-time employees
  • Additional employees on big orders

Organisation of workforce:

  • Design: 1 employee
  • Fretting, spraying, hand painting: 4 employees
  • Stitching: 1 employee
  • Carpenter´s workshop: 2 employees
  • Administration: 2 employees
  • Employees mainly work in the workshop
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  • Possibility of taking additional work home to increase salary
  • Additional cooperation with 3 workshops
    • 2 carpenter´s workshops
    • 1 stitching workshop


  • Home market (99%)
  • Exports (1%) to Germany


  • To create secure jobs
  • To support families of employees (for example, by hiring new female employees from family)
  • To structure sales
  • To sell products at trade fairs and exhibitions
  • To strengthen ties with retail channels in Colombia and South America
  • To open new trade channels with retailers from Europe

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with Dekomadera: They are a modern business with high quality standards and they care about their employees.


Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

Dekomadera complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:2013 Dekomadera4

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 the region/sector: COP 530/month (COP=Colombian Peso)
  • Wage at Dekomadera: appr. double of minimum wage
  • Weekly payment of workers in cash

Humane working conditions

2013 Dekomadera5

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 2 breaks (breakfast and lunch)
  • 5.5 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Health insurance (8% of salary contribution by the employer, 4% by the employee)
  • Pension fund for all employees
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accident
  • Commuting allowance
  • Paid holidays (15 days)


Educational opportunities:

  • Apprenticeships offered

Occupational safety:

  • Protective clothing


  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
    • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO



  • Personal visits in Bogotá (2011, 2013)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Colombia



Visiting Dekomadera

Visit from Dekomadera in Göttingen 

Dekomadera Besuch Deutschland

Author: Janina Lange on 29. June 2018

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