Sunbula, founded in 1996, is a Jerusalem-based nonprofit organization committed to promoting social justice and economic empowerment of the marginalized. Its mission is to support Palestinian women's cooperatives and disabled people's self-help groups by providing marketing and sales opportunities for their products and assisting in the development of their skills and capacity.
Sunbula is Palestine‘s leading Fair Trade organization with more than a decade of experience in supporting family income generation needs, and is regarded as one of the best suppliers of finest quality traditional crafts.
Sunbula currently works with 18 craft-producing organizations across the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel. More than 2000 artisans earn much-needed income through the sales of their crafts by Sunbula, and benefit from Sunbula's development projects that strengthen their operational and production capacity.
Sunbula offers the following assistance to the craft producers.
Marketing, sales, and promotion of Palestinian crafts.
Providing access to market for groups who would otherwise have few sales outlets.
Assistance in quality control, product design and development.
Provide training for technical skills, organizational management and finances.
Obtaining grants and in-kind donations on their behalf.
Sunbula's administration and sales outlet have been hosted inside St. Andrews Scottish Church and Guesthouse in West Jerusalem since 1988, when Carol Morton, wife of Rev. Colin Morton, founded Craftaid, Sunbula's predecessor.
Sunbula opened its second fair trade shop, "House of Palestinian Crafts," in April 2010, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Sunbula envisions a world where the most marginalized people (women, refugees, people with disabilities, minority groups and family farmers) live in dignity and prosperity, and are empowered to preserve their heritage through creativity, innovation, and economic opportunity.
Sunbula is guided by the core value of empowerment of the most marginalized, focusing on poverty reduction, social justice, and supporting the development of Palestinian society.
Through creativity and innovation, and emphasizing respect of the local heritage, Sunbula will support activities that provide income, preserve traditional skills and heritage, and help sustain producer groups. Through these activities, Sunbula will also raise awareness of the situation of these groups to the international audiences it seeks to connect with the community in Palestine.
Sunbula will achieve this through a focus on the sustainability of the producer groups it supports, including capacity building and training, product development, and increased market access, all based on fair trade principles.