Muzo Project2018-07-19T05:15:07+00:00

Project Description

Town of Muzo Project

In the lush green semi-tropical jungle of the Andes Mountains lies the Muzo Emerald Mine, source of the world’s finest emeralds, the Muzo Foundation has sponsored a project with Clayhands to build a 33 x 55 foot Community Center for the mine’s social responsibility efforts. 

Seen here are the Clayhands team of Fernando Manrique, his brother Chucho, Brian and Jose ‘El Tigre’ beginning the foundation work on June 26.

In just two weeks the Clayhands team has laid and poured a foundation. Architect Fernando is very happy with the progress and has ordered 300 pieces of
thick bamboo, called guadua, for the walls and roof. Only 100 yards from this location is

the venerable and famous Puerto Arturo shaft of the Muzo emerald mine where over the last 50 years hundreds of millions of dollars worth of emeralds have come out. Clayhands building techniques will be taught to some Muzo locals to add alternatives of employment in this remote but growing area.

It is our firm belief that the future of this area will be a destination for eco-tourism and gem tourism: the climate, at 2500 feet above sea level, is balmy and warm; but without the malaria mosquitos that inhabit the coastal regions near sea level.

The mayors of the small towns in this area are concerned with unemployment in this growing region. Clayhands, with its labor-intensive earth-based construction methods, will train and prepare young people for building their own habitat as well as teaching them a lifelong skill in the process.

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