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We are working with La Bottega Solidale for our fair trade process and sponsorship. Bottega Solidale is part of AGICES in Italy, which is “Assemblea Generale Italiana del Commercio Equo e Solidale”. AGICES is a member of WFTO, the World Fair Trade Organization and so their process uses all the WFTO protocols and criteria. Bottega Solidale is one of the oldest proponents of Fair Trade. Cristiano Calvi started his efforts back in the early 1990’s before fair trade was even much of a global concept. He has been active in a wide variety of sectors ranging from bananas and flowers in South America, to sugar and chocolate in Africa, to artisanal goods.
Cristiano approached us after the revolution and after the Tunisian system was modified to allow for such third-party inspections and processes. We started the process in 2015. In March 2017 Cristiano supervised the election of employee spokespersons; one for the bisque-making section and one for the painting section. This was the last criteria before they could sponsor us into WFTO.
In 2017, we discussed the idea of La Bottega Solidale assisting us with entry into the European market. We had a few customers in Europe for well over a decade and a half already, but our presence was pretty sparse. The board of directors of La Bottega Solidale had grown very enthusiastic of our studio by this point, and so they proposed to create Goodlink, an EU sales agency for the express purpose of supporting Le Souk Ceramique in Europe. We are extremely grateful for this gesture of support and encourage any EU wholesaler, retailer or distributor to contact Goodlink at email@example.com.
For any information about the inspections, assessments and process under the auspices of La Bottega Solidale, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they would be happy to assist.