Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Montezuma

Von Sandona nach Goettingen

Sandona to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)


Panama hats


Sandona, Colombia – distance to Europe: 9,700km

Founded in 1985


  • 1985: Business founded by America Montezuma, she learnt the traditional craft of weaving hats from her mother
  • Due to slow local sales members of the business attend a trade fair in Bogota (Expoartesanias)
  • Daughter Aide gets involved in the business, orders rise
  • 2005: partnership with Sapia starts, one of Montezuma’s biggest clients

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2013

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 2 employeesMontezuma_3
  • 3 workshops


  • Home market (60%)
  • Exports (40%) to Germany


  • To develop new designs
  • To increase orders volume

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with Montezuma: The company produces hats of superior quality. CONTIGO wants to support them in achieving their goals and provide more people with jobs.


Fairtrade classification

FTA = Fairtrade Approved


Fairtrade aspects

Montezuma 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 the region: € 100Montezuma_6
  • Wage at Montezuma: € 140-160
  • Payment of workers in cash

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 5.5 days/week


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


Personal visits in Sandona (2015)


Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Colombia



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Author: Janina Lange on 6. April 2017

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