Meet Marlene - a 5by20 Artisan
Marlene Costa is one of the proud founders of her small village Acajatuba in the Amazon. The hard-working mother of six and grandmother of eight travels by canoe into the forests to collect sustainable natural elements such as tree fibers and seeds. These are made, along with recyclable materials such as bottles and cans, into beautiful jewelry and accessories. With helpful design support and craft training, her group of passionate and creative artisans is inspiring and enriching their village. Not only improving the natural environment with waste recycling, their unique, contemporary pieces are sold all over the world. Coca-Cola’s 5by20 initiative is working to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs across the Company’s global value chain by the year 2020, to provide the tools and skills needed to create sustainable livelihoods.