The textile enterprise “Toleón” from Pozo Almonte diversifies with the support of the C20+ project from Collahuasi

  • This family-owned business now produces special bags for transporting clothes for Collahuasi mine personnel for subsequent washing. It incorporates sustainability through the use of solar energy in its manufacturing process.

Since its implementation in 2022, the C20+ project of Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi has had a significant impact on the economy of Tarapaco, based on a solid local strategy aimed at creating new jobs throughout the value chain of the said expansion project operation.

An example of this contribution is the strategic alliance with an enterprise led by entrepreneur Laura León and her husband Alberto, who made the decision to leave Santiago eight years ago to settle in Pozo Almonte. “After Alberto suffered health complications, we decided that we wanted to change our lives and our environment in order to return to some of our dreams, such as creating our workshop,” recalls Laura.

Thus, in 2017, the self-sustaining company “Toleón, uniforms and corporate clothing” was born, which currently produces special bags using clean energy such as sunlight. This textile product is finally used to transport the clothes of the mining personnel at the Le Gran Chic laundry that provides services at the Collahuasi site.

About the production of these bags, Laura León explains that the textile materials are “fabrics that we buy in Santiago, on which we do the pleating and stitching, and then we do the embroidery with our equipment that works with sunlight. This process takes about 26 minutes.”

Currently, the Collahuasi C20+ project not only guarantees a 20-year projection of the company’s operational business, but is also an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the conditions of protection and revitalization of the work carried out by entrepreneurs in the region, as this entrepreneur stands out.

“I think it’s great that they give us work and use the services of our workshop. It is important that suppliers and labor also come from the region, as this allows us to generate additional income in addition to employment for our neighbors,” he notes.

In this vein, the senior manager of C20+ Communities, María Luisa Arecheta, highlights the regional policy implemented by the Collahuasi project to strengthen ties and chains between companies in Tarapacá.

“It’s important to support local suppliers, so we aim to connect our partner companies with them. In this case, there was an opportunity to do it with Le Grand Chic and Toleón to make bags for clothes that go to the laundry. In addition, we are already working on getting new entrepreneurs from Tarapaka to join this labor initiative,” she mentions.

The textile enterprise
The textile enterprise “Toleón” from Pozo Almonte diversifies with the support of the C20+ project from Collahuasi
The textile enterprise
The textile enterprise “Toleón” from Pozo Almonte diversifies with the support of the C20+ project from Collahuasi
The textile enterprise
The textile enterprise “Toleón” from Pozo Almonte diversifies with the support of the C20+ project from Collahuasi

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