In 2005, the first fair trade and solidarity economy coordination was created in Cochabamba in the framework of the International Fair of the city. From that moment on, various alternative economy events were held in both experiences.
In 2008, the Solidarity Economy and Fair-Trade Movement (ESYCJ) was finally established. This movement was made up of representatives of textile, farmers, leather, fresh and processed food artisans, in general all the groups and organisations that worked in the handicraft sector. The process was accompanied by some national and international organisations such as the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI UNITERRA) from Canada and Caritas Bolivia (an institution that belongs to the Catholic Church).
To know more, HERE (in Spanish).