During the first Palestinian Intifada, Carol Morton, the wife of the late Rev. Colin Morton of the St. Andrews Scottish Church in Jerusalem, began a small project called Craftaid. From a modest craft shop in St. Andrews Guest House, it grew to become Sunbula in 1996.
Sunbula, a Jerusalem-based non-profit fair trade organization, is a platform that supports marginalized women and communities in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian communities within Israel through traditional artisanal crafts.
SINCE 1996, WE HAVE…
Partnered with 25 local artisan groups
Given back $179,000 to marginalised communities (in 2019)
Committed to promoting Palestinian women’s rights and economic empowerment, we have grown to become a trusted provider of the finest quality Palestinian handicrafts, while directly supporting hundreds of women and their families econonically and socially through income-generation and development work.
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH CULTURE & TRADITION
Seeking to support Palestinian women and marginalised communities in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and within Israel to be economically independent so that they can better support themselves and their families, we see the solution in the deep cultural beauty of Palestinian traditional crafts that are made by talented women across the West Bank and Gaza.
We support partner artisans by training them in new skills and revived traditional techniques that support the production and marketing of Palestinian handicrafts and other parts of their business. At the same time, we provide them with an international platform to showcase and sell their work.