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The pilot project "Atelier printemps" has become a green economic model to duplicate in Algeria

The textile workshop "l'atelier printemps", one of the two Algerian pilot projects supported by SwitchMed was invited to the 1st international exhibition of the environment and renewable energies in Algiers to expose its products, and to encourage this kind of entrepreneurial activities respectful of the environment. On March 26, 2018, Nardjes Mokhtari, and Anis Ouazene were proud to present their success stories, and to share their experience and their learned knowledge thanks to their perseverance and the technical support of SwitchMed.
Published on Apr 03, 2018

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The Ministry of the Environment and Renewable Energies organized the 1st International Exhibition of the Environment and Renewable Energies (SIEERA) from 26 to 28 March 2018 at the Palais des Expositions (Maritime Pins) in Algiers. the exhibition aimed to create a space for exchange between researchers and actors in the sustainable development sector, meet national and international leaders in the renewable and environmental sector, monitor the latest technological developments and use the latest technologies and recent developments in waste recovery and waste management.This important economic meeting was marked by a rich program that includes an exhibition of technologies and services from the green economy sector and renewable energies, as well as B to B business meetings.

Within this context, the textile workshop of Bejaia "'Atelier le Printemps" was invited to participate in this meeting. Surprisingly, its booth has witnessed a lot of visitors who appreciated its fabric creations. Atelier le Printemps" is a small, family-owned business that makes down duvets in downtown Bejaia. The young couple behind the company, Anis Ouazene and his wife Nardjess, took over this family business a few years ago. They were determined to turn their passion for sewing into a successful green business and they are getting there. In order to make the most of their workshop and to improve their waste management system, Anis and Nardjes reuse scrap fabrics to make bedding, clothes, pillow covers and other products such as bags. storage, dolls, custom boxes

The Minister of the Environment and Renewable Energies Fatima Zahra Zerouati at the Atelier Printemps booth


"We are delighted to have this kind of green project in Algeria and we sincerely hope to duplicate this economic model, respectful of the environment," says the Minister of the Environment and Renewable Energy during her visit to the booth of Atelier le Printemps" at SIEERA.

The Atelier le Printemps" has been selected as a pilot project under the SwitchMed Program funded by the European Union, in agreement with the Algerian Ministry of Water Resources and Environment and with the EU Delegation in Algeria. It will support the national priorities of the RAC in Algeria.

Thanks to the coaching and technical training in screen printing, eco-design and natural dyeing provided by the SwitchMed experts, we have been able to acquire ecological techniques, improve our product design, to market them better, "explains Nardjes.

The exhibition was an opportunity for participants to learn about the renewable energy experience of other countries and to address environmental issues. Whereas for Atelier le Printemps, it was also a great opportunity to showcase their startup and widen its business network.

"Our plan is to establish very soon a textile waste collecting network, and this exhibition allowed us to make three good connections with other textile workshop who would like us to take away their fabric waste!"added Nardjes gladly.