Sunbula works in direct partnership with 25 producer organizations located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip, and Palestinian communities inside Israel whose combined membership is more than 2000 people. We work to ensure the viability and sustainability of our partners producer groups by supporting them in both marketing and production. We also work to preserve Palestine's aritsan heritage.
2. Provide ongoing support in product development
3. Secure tools and equipment
4. Provide market access
Palestinian craft producers have to navigate the economic blockade and closures in order to procure raw materials like thread and fabric. Sunbula is able to use our resources as a fair trade organization to help facilitate access to materials.
While the foundations of the art form go back for hundreds of years, Sunbula and our local partners help train the women to create a volume of products that will be well received by international buyers. We work with local designers who combine a sense of global trends and their appreciation for the traditional process to suggest approaches that fuse ancient and modern. Women, people with disabilities, and others we work with gain skills in running small businesses and cottage industries, along with refining their craftsmanship to make salable products.
SECURE TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Because of the blockade and the severe economic conditions most Palestinians are living with, access to the kind of equipment that helps improve efficiency would be impossible to access. Sunbula can help facilitate access to these tools, which then have long term benefits for artists and communities.
Our two fair trade stores in Jerusalem and the online shop are the economic lifeline for hundreds of artisans and their family members. We work to ensure that the work of our partner craft producers is economically viable and that the cultural heritage of Palestine is protected.