Namibia Italy Gems was founded by Sergio Chiesa, specializing in design and cutting of exotic pieces of handmade jewellery. Initially the company started with Makalani palm nuts sculpted into the iconic Ladybirds. These became favourites of the locals and tourists alike. The Company then expanded into cutting and polishing gem stones, unique to Namibia. Sergio mainly employs young and needy young men and women, helping vulnerable youth who are unemployed and unable to earn a living. Starting the school program has given meaning to the lives of these young people, where they learn how to cut and design gemstones, and create intricate designs with Makalani jewellery.