Class of 2023
Made with love, effort & hope by 13 women in Cali, Colombia. Inspired by the happiness that characterized these women over their time at ESCUELA JO. A harmonious warm collection developed in six months, with the support of Johanna Ortiz’s design team, inspired by the most iconic silhouettes of the brand. A sustainable collection made with JO repurposed fabric that narrate the brand’s essence and Latin Flavor.
100% of the net proceeds from the dresses sold at johannaortiz.com will be donated to the ESCUELA JOHANNA ORTIZ
"I feel completely satisfied with the program. It has certainly left an indelible mark on my mind and my heart"
-Yudiela Carabalí, Student from the Class of 2023
ABOUT ESCUELA JO
The “Escuela Johanna Ortiz” is an onsite training program founded in 2016. The aim is to develop high-level seamstress & high-end embroidery skills, building local knowledge and technical skills on Haute Couture and JO techniques. Also, to develop life skills and integral training with gender approach for vulnerable women and offer psychosocial support to boost their personal empowerment and improve their quality of life.
We now complete 83 beneficiaries since the beginning of the program, 94% of them are vulnerable women and violence victims, which have found new life opportunities. 75% of them have joined our team.
Thanks to you, our hearts are filled with joy & gratitude.
Let’s keep on transforming lives
"Today is the day my story begins"
- Marian del Pilar Orjuela, Student from the Class of 2023