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WHAT IF YOU COULD SAVE THE WORLD WHILST SITTING ON A CHAIR?

In Colombia, businesses dump around 10 million pieces of furniture annually – that’s a lot of office chairs! Recupera Tu Silla offers a service for companies willing to reuse old structures as raw materials to create upcycled office furniture.

We’ve developed a re-use and recycle process that creates a brighter future for everyone involved. The companies we partner with can save up to 75% in business expenses, and we offer careers to young victims of armed conflict by training them to become craftsman of our furniture. And of course, we’re mitigating the industrial environmental impact through recycling.

We’re passionate about closing the inequality gap that’s so prevalent here. 45% of schools in Colombia are woefully underfunded. We dedicate a percentage of our profits to restoring furniture for schools in poor areas, such as benches, desks and chairs, so that children have the basic necessities for learning.

FUNDING WOULD ALLOW US TO…

We have a plan to improve logistics, infrastructure, communication and the organisational culture within our business. Funding for us means we can generate more resource to recover more than 21,000 pieces of furniture every year. Funding equals employment for 46 more victims of the armed conflict. It would also mean that up to 4,500 children will have a decent desk to write on. The funding would provide a brighter future for the environment, victims of conflict and the children of Colombia.

A PREVIOUS CHIVAS VENTURE FINALIST INSPIRED ME

I was actually inspired in March 2016, by Oscar Mendez, the Colombian Chivas Venture Finalist! When I saw his idea and his work in social networks I was so excited that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and work on a social entrepreneurship idea that I had in mind. I dreamed a lot about reaching the Chivas Venture final and believe that I could also generate a positive change in the world. I am also inspired by the needs in my country. It moves me and calls me to stop talking and start acting.

I was born in the south of Bolivar, in one the municipalities heavily hit by the armed conflict in Colombia. Three years ago I arrived in Bogotá looking for work, and if I had stayed home I would have been forced to work in the dangerous mines. Recupera Tu Silla trained me in re-upholstery in their workshops. Today, I’m the plant leader, responsible for teaching the same job I started on to my friends from home. Not only do I now have a new career, but my income is enough to sustain myself here and also my family back home. Ivan Jimenez, Plant Leader at Recupera Tu Silla

WHAT’S YOUR BLEND FOR SUCCESS?

Recupera Tu Silla is the perfect blend for success because it stands as a symbol for transformation and an example of how better opportunities for all can be created based on union. Our business, our workers and our clients are a mixture of one great vision supported by great execution and persistence.

We blend contagious goodwill that generates deep emotional connections with those who feel that they can be part of a better future for Colombians. Our business impacts all sectors which are fundamental for the systematic growth of a nation: business, the government, the environment, associations, education, childhood, and social outcasts.

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