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MUSU ALLIES WITH NON-PROFIT HEALTHCARE PROVIDER FROM VENEZUELA

Updated: Aug 30

As the national public health system nosedived into chaos and neglect, a group of medical students from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) decided to act and give a hand. They pledged to provide medical and dental services to people in remote areas and to promote research based on their patients’ needs.


The Multidisciplinary University Camp for Service and Research was thus created – CUMIS, by its Spanish acronym – in the country’s oldest university. Now, the organization’s ranks include more than 30 medical and dentistry students who give quality healthcare to Venezuela’s rural population across five states.


Economic crisis, protests, and strikes have made student life in Caracas rather tricky, but CUMIS has become an essential training experience for its members at UCV and other universities from Caracas


COMPLIANCE WITH THE UN's SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS


In 2019 alone, CUMIS went to six different locations, travelled 2,500 miles, and provided healthcare to 3,966 patients. At the same time, Müsü will keep building bridges with other NGO's on the ground that are providing vulnerable indigenous people with water, healthcare, electricity, and other basic needs. By connecting with these organisations, we hope to contribute to solving the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues – particularly those under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


We have identified at least three SDGs that Müsü is addressing, either in collaboration with CUMIS or through our work in La Guajira:


Through our supplier in Colombia, Müsü employs six Wayuu weavers from various parts of La Guajira – one of the most impoverished regions of South America – whose lifestyle and traditions are upheld in the work environment. We believe that the link between our enterprise and these women contribute to achieving financial security for their families – either in the rancherías or in nearby cities like Riohacha.


Müsü also strives to comply with sustainable practices by advocating the core values of slow fashion. Our hand-sewn bags and clutches are made and packaged with eco-friendly and biodegradable materials, and we hope to build an emotional connection with our customers by bringing the Wayuu’s cultural heritage to the streets of Europe and North America.


By partnering with CUMIS, – our first alliance with a non-profit project – 5% of MÜSÜ's sales income will cover the expenses of their medical mission trips, including food, medical supplies, and transport. As fair wages are being paid to the Wayuu tribe directly, 48% of MÜSÜ's sales are directly attributed to this indigenous community in La Guajira. With the aim of boosting their funds and securing future trips, CUMIS will then be able to use our website to merchandise their own products and indigenous crafts from the communities they visit.

In 2019 alone, CUMIS went to six different locations, travelled 2,500 miles and provided healthcare to 3,966 patients.



“5% OF MUSU'S SALES INCOME WILL COVER THE EXPENSES OF THEIR (CUMIS) MISSION TRIPS, INCLUDING FOOD, MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND TRANSPORT"





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Photos by David Dittmar