Maroons of Suriname

Maroons of Suriname

At Hermodoble, we are honored to work with the Maroon people in the small country of Suriname on the northeastern coast of South America.

Among the first people to gain their independence by way of a peace treaty in 1760, the Maroons of Suriname have become one of the largest groups of descendants of runaway slaves in the southern hemisphere. Since then, the Maroons have been able to occupy a large area of the interior in Suriname.

Around 65,000 Maroons live in Suriname today, totaling 6 different groups. These culturally rich communities consist of the Djuka, the Saramaka, the Matawai, the Aluku, the Paramaka and the Kwinti. For hundreds of years, they have lived in relative isolation away from modern day societies

Economically, the Maroons are partially dependent on coastal markets for trading goods. Through fair trade and sustainability initiatives, we ensure the Maroon producers receive fair trading prices, improved social standards, and environmental protection.