Truly natural fibres are becoming an increasingly rare commodity. Wall works with several different fibres, including long staple Peruvian pima cotton, pure Irish linen, silky alpaca and super fine vicuña, which feel exquisite next to the skin and retain their quality for a very long time.
The company is underpinned by Hernán and Judith’s personal experiences of living and working in
“From what we saw charity could not create the same benefits as work. Job opportunities and education are very important,”
The company works as much as possible with small, family-owned businesses. It aims to give people a sense of pride in their work and enable them to educate their children.
It also endeavours to improve conditions in the supply chain, requiring all its suppliers to abide by a “code of conduct”. In order to do business with Wall, suppliers must ensure safe working conditions, fair wages and a harassment-free work environment for their staff.
Wall’s current community project is to offer 2-year vocational training placements to disadvantaged young people in
In early December, Judith Balcázar and other Wall representatives interviewed a group of candidates for the first placement. The Colour of Hope is delighted to confirm that, Natali, the candidate we put forward, won the selection process and will shortly become Wall’s first sponsored trainee! (See photos)
Natali grew up in Canto Grande, a shanty town on the outskirts of
But now, thanks to Wall and The Colour of Hope, Natali will have the chance to escape the poverty trap and to improve living conditions for her family. She is set to start her placement with Wall in January 2008 and will participate in The Colour of Hope’s employment preparation and life-skills courses and until then. Congratulations Natali!