ORG stands for Organic Rainforest Goods and spells GRO backwards; by vio is an acronym for Violeta and Indigenous Organizations.
When we align ourselves with our true purpose, all the pieces fall into place effortlessly and the real work begins.” Violeta Villacorta
ORG by vio was created as an umbrella for promoting Amazon culture, protection of the rainforest and selling handmade jewelry and accessories made by indigenous Amazon artisans. We work in partnership with artisans in the Amazon to share their traditional artistry and develop designer collections made with rainforest materials as a source for a sustainable economy.
The Amazon is one of the richest areas in the World, responsible for regulating World climate, plays a vital roll in carbon sequestration, has a rich biodiversity with countess medicinal plants ~ the backbone of pharmaceuticals with many more yet undiscovered ~ and wildlife.
It is a fragile area, which continues to be exploited for its resources, including oil, gas, lumber, arable land and clearing for cattle grazing. Its protection is important for the people, flora and fauna that inhabit it, as well as for the World. By creating viable and environmentally sustainable industries in partnership with Amazon communities, we support the livelihood and culture of these communities. They are vital to the health of the Amazon as they have been the protectors of the rainforest for centuries. We are committed to helping these areas remain intact and its cultures thriving to protect their territories.
Artisans are paid a fair trade price for each piece of jewelry and accessory. In addition, 50% of profits are contributed back to the community. This contribution funds their varied needs through projects and trainings to manage their businesses independently, enhancing their livelihood and community. The other 50% supports our work with the artisans and communities we currently work with, while reaching out to new communities.
The purchase of these high design and quality Amazon accessories contributes directly to Amazon communities and helps protect their culture and territories, allowing them to remain in their land as protectors of the forest and determine their own destiny.