In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we highlighted the reclamation plans for El Sauzal which will ensure this once remote region in Chihuahua, Mexico leaves a proud environmental legacy when the mine closes in 2015. Here in Part 2, we feature some of the unique entrepreneurial partnerships Goldcorp has forged to positively transform lives and livelihoods today and for generations to come.
Since arriving in 2011, Goldcorp has revitalized communities around El Sauzal with electrical power, roads, health services, educational opportunities and jobs for nearly 500 people. The Company also continues to lay the groundwork for emerging business success and sustainable economic growth long after the mine closes. Following are a few samples of enterprising partnerships between Goldcorp and community groups:
Brigada de Salud is an alliance of dental practitioners assembled by Goldcorp in collaboration with the state university. The brigade administers dental care, hygiene, preventative treatments and oral health education. The tremendous success of this inaugural project has spurred a subsequent partnership with the municipality to create three additional brigades focused on health, sports and science. Staffed by local employees and benefiting children, adults and seniors alike, these initiatives enhance daily life, generate family income, provide training and careers.
Productos Naturales Xitacame is a small business of botanical hair and skin products started by a group of women with the assistance of seed money from Goldcorp. Using a blend of Tarahumaras Mexican and Native American ingredients, the entrepreneurs create hand-made, all-natural soaps and shampoos which are sold locally, regionally and within El Sauzal mine. 10 to 15 women gather weekly for this work pool, grateful for the opportunity to earn money, independence and self worth.
Hilos de Oro is a sewing collective supported by Goldcorp, the Instituto de Capacitación del Estado de Chihuahua (Technical Studies Institute of Chihuahua), Fideicomiso de Fomento Minero (Mining Development Trust, University Tec de Monterrey (Technical University of Monterrey), Computrain, Brother Manufacturing Co. and the local government. In business just over a year, the enterprise employs locals to make uniforms, alterations and repairs for El Sauzal workers, with future plans to expand service to other mine sites in the region.
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Goldcorp, Goldcorp Inc, reclamation, El Sauzal, Mexico, Mining, Communities