How is Páramo ethically produced?
Páramo's production facility established in 1992 in Bogotá, Colombia is part of a valuable social programme with the charitable Miquelina Foundation. The little sewing machine workshop set up then by a nun has grown into an efficient garment factory, providing employment, training and practical help for ‘at risk' women wanting to improve their lives.
The factory profits are reinvested in equipment but also are able to fund a housing project, a virtual library, a kindergarten and a canteen for local children.In 2002 Miquelina attained ISO 9001 accreditation, a highly prestigious international award that assures dedication to quality. Thanks to investment the factory has excellent facilities, the most up-to-date computer aided design and manufacturing and excellent quality control.
Every Páramo Analogy garment sold improves the quality of life of a South American family:
1500 people live in the housing project
460 under 5s attend nursery daily
450 children eat daily at the canteen
400 women trained each year
400 people trained in the virtual library
Over 120 houses built
When overspill requires, we have carefully monitored production in Vietnam or other areas of the Far East which fulfils our ethical criteria, manufacturing selected garment types.
The co-operation between Páramo and Miquelina has allowed two very different visions to be achieved - Páramo creates innovative, high performance outdoor clothing and the Miquelina Foundation provides practical help for marginalised and oppressed women and their families. The partnership works.