A review of 2017.. Rising Star Workshop. Can we sustain what we claim?

Yes, we can... and we will.

It was a crucial decision we took a year and a half ago.

Our region and our country weren't going through the best of the times.

syrian refugees had an impact in our economy as well as our gourd workshop

Problems in Syria and millions of refugees moving to Turkey. We had serious problems with Russia as we took one of their army planes down for accessing our borders. The Russian president Putin wasn't happy at all. And eventually, Russians were banned to visit Turkey for their holidays which created a 7.0 scale earthquake in our little resort of Alanya whose economy is %90 dependant on the tourists.

Conflict between Russia and Turkey forced us to gourd craft

And what's next. An attempt of a coup. Some members of Turkish army attacking Turkish parliament causing 254 casualties and a legendary avoidance of the attempt by Turkish people literally throwing themselves in front of tanks trying to stop soldiers take over the democratically elected government. I can't even gauge the economical damage given no matter the coup was a success or not.

an attempt of coup forced us to consider our gourd works

On the other side of the world, Central Bank of America FED increasing the interest rates making Turkish Lira loose value over %20 literally creating a

devaluation when combined with geopolitical problems, terror, conflicts. We

Fed's rate hike effected our gourd lamp workshop

were trying to keep our workshop alive in a market dominated with Chinese leather handbags (as we are originally leather crafters) and in an environment with no potential customers.