Reflective Jewelry sources much of their fairtrade gold from the Sotrami mine in Peru. This mine supports a village of 3,600 people whose slogan is mining with a human face.
We have our very own slogan: We opt for mining with a human face. This mining with a human face is something we practice in our day-to-day operations, in our security handling, in how we treat people in our working environment, in our working conditions, in the agreements we have reached. So this continues to be our trademark, our slogan, and we continue to put this into practice on a daily basis.
All of these achievements were possible because of Fairtrade certification. So far we have been the main beneficiaries of the premium, and obtained almost $2,000 dollars as premium in the first and second year of certification. Unfortunately, in this and the previous year there was not enough demand for Fairtrade gold. So this year we are only selling approximately 5kg Fairtrade gold. With the new standard, the premium has gone down to $2,000 per kilo. For us the premium is very important because that additional $2,000 per kilo allows us to attend to existing social needs.
The company SOTRAMI has an enormous responsibility in the community. We support projects for water, electricity, and the improvement of education and health infrastructure. We also supported the building of new classrooms and gave study and sports grants for the students. We've been able to support the creation of a health center with a child specialist health care team and other health care personnel. And we also equipped ourselves with tools to assist with accidents, such as bandages for fractures and a series of medical tools that may seem trivial, but are very important when it comes to accidents. We've been able to support all of this through the Fairtrade premium.