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Bolivia: SA8000-certified manufacturing of llama fiber fashion knitwear for the high-end market

General information
Project location: El Alto, Bolivia
Consortium: Aiayu ApS, Altifibers SA
Project Budget: € 1,499,000
External financing: PSI
Project period: From January 2011 to June 2013

Aiayu knitwear examples

Aiayu ApS (formerly Aymara ApS) is a Danish fashion company that designs and sells llama-fiber knitwear to the high-end market in Europe. The knitwear is produced in Bolivia in cooperation with Altifibers S.A. from El Alto, La Paz. Altifibers is the only company in the world that can process llama fiber thanks to their proprietary dehairing technology.

The partners are planning to take their cooperation to a new level by forming a joint venture that will invest in a modern knitwear manufacturing workshop, equipment for sub-contractors and SA8000 certification.

External workshop providing linking services

The modern workshop will allow the joint venture to produce larger series of knitwear at a competitive price in addition to the exclusive hand-knit products and thus reach a larger market. The SA8000 certification will provide assurances to buyers that manufacturing takes place under high social standards. Workshop workers and hand-knitters will be trained in new techniques.

The joint venture will target both the European, through Aiayu, as well as the North and South America market. To support its sales, the joint venture will also develop its own brand. The Joint Venture Company will recruit and train 56 staff members and work with 90 hand-knitters.