"KoKoTé" - means "Where to" in Swahili

We often ask a refugee, "where are you from?" instead of asking him "where are you going?"

The KoKoTé brand was launched in August 2019 and is part of the JLT Company in Schattdorf. Through education and work, KoKoTé creates future prospects for refugees. In the Uri manufactory, a multicultural team produces bags and accessories. The work and integration project produces high-quality products with meaning.

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A motley KoKoTé team

Around 20 people work together in the team

They come from many different countries - Somalia, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Turkey, Portugal, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

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Najiba Zadozaharo

in training as a textile technician EBA, 1st year of apprenticeship

Association Equilibre Portraits Javat
Javad Hosseini

Pre-apprenticeship and seamstress

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Adnan Shekh Mukta


Association Equilibre Portraits Shukrye
Shukriye Haidary

Catch-up training and seamstress

Association Equilibre Portraits Ashinendu
Achinedu Enebelli

Catch-up training and seamstress

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Amene Nuri

Trainee seamstress

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Oleksandra Tabachenko

Praktikum Näherin

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Janine Duarte

in training as a textile apprentice EBA, 2nd year of apprenticeship

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Jaël Marbet

in training as a leather and textile specialist EFZ, 1st year of apprenticeship

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Jürgen Henkel

Member of the Board of Directors - Honorary

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Yonas Kahsay

in training as a commercial clerk profile B, 2nd year of apprenticeship


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Education (catch-up education) combined with work

Getting to know the Swiss working world, learning German and individual catch-up training make the refugees fit for the future.

The refugees work practically in production for 3 days. For 2 half days, they attend classes at the Association Equilibre, taught by vocational training specialist Christine Blaser. In addition, they talk to their mentor every week and learn one hour a day with the computer-assisted German learning programme "Rosetta Stone" in the company. The colloquial language at KoKoTé is German so that everyone understands what is being said.

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