We are pleased to announce that we, at Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans, welcomed our first tourist group after the COVID-19 crisis today. The French group were delighted to learn about Palestinian products that BFTA adopts and were briefly explained on BFTA’s work. The group had a chance to visit and buy gifts from our Craft Village shop. They have brought us hope to have a new and better start for this year since the craft village has been deserted for the past 3 years. We pray that the Covid-19 crisis ends and life can go back to normal so that artisans can start selling their products again.
As a Part of BFTA’s projects to help Palestinian artisans especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. BFTA has launched a new project: Mitigating the impact of COVID -19 on women's economic participation in the state of Palestine, funded by the UNDP. The project targets more than 40 affected marginalized women and emphasizes on developing their capacities. The project works on empowering five categories in the women artisan’s industry, sheep wool, embroidery, blown glass, copper jewelry and kids toys. The project works on expanding the range of products these women produce, thus empower their work and raise their profit. BFTA contracted with multiple expert designers to provide new products with innovative designs to the artisans. All designs are exclusive for BFTA and are used to benefit all artisan that have been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Designer conducted training sessions for all targeted artisans to produce the chosen designs supervised by BFTA. Follow up meeting and visits occurred constantly as the trainees sure had many questions that the designers and BFTA answered to cover all aspects of the project. At the end, each targeted group will be able to produce an innovative, modern, unique and final product for their category. These products will be promoted by BFTA on all social media platform and on BFTA’s own website. BFTA has connections around the globe with clients that are fund of the Palestinian art work. This project has offered and is still offering work opportunities for over 40 artisans and 5 designers. These projects change the artisans lives. One good product can be a long-lasting profit for these marginalized artisans. BFTA always works on bringing new projects to the organization as each project helps artisans in a different aspect. As most artisans in Palestine produce mostly the same designs, it has become hard to promote and sell their products. What we do in BFTA is supply those artisans with new designs that can be sold in foreign countries by our promotional ability. On this project also, we have hired an international market expert that actually provided BFTA with an assessment on the international market and its clients. This is how BFTA targets its most suitable clients and this is how artisans benefit. Knowing that we have an export market that we can target using the products of our fellow artisans is how we can mostly achieve our mission. Our goal is to provide sustainability for marginalized artisans through creating work opportunities using fair price depending on the principles of fair trade. We are committed to creating a fair world for the artisans by empowering them and enforcing their contribution to their communities. Any person can be an asset in their community if given the right chance and motivation. And despite all the difficulties holy land artisans face, the authenticity of the holy land products remains remarkable and cherished around the globe. Each product is handmade, hand-printed and hand-packaged by the most dedicated artisans. They just want to make a decent living out of what they love to do the most. They deserve to be contained and appreciated, and this is what BFTA stands for. For the upcoming events, BFTA will be hosting more trainings for our artisans as well as our annual artisans meeting, where we gather our artisans to talk about the achievements of last year. We will discuss all the challenges we faced this year and we will celebrate the end of another successful year with them. Those meetings and field visits are vital for strengthening the relationship and trust between the artisans and BFTA. Conducting follow up meetings every now and then helps to set the artisans on track to enhance their efficiency and productivity. Finally, we want to thank all our sponsors and partners for their utmost support and dedication to make the artisans life easier. We aim to maintain the great work we do together to help marginalized artisans. Having you by our side is an asset and we will never take it for granted. Thank you.
Is an annual event hosted by Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans in the beautiful city of Beit Sahour Palestine – to gather locals and international visitors in the city celebrate Christmas in a unique cultural way the aim is to increase awareness about hand designed products that are ethically made and encourage fair practices among business and marginalized producers by shopping local products. Visitors will spend three great days in Beit Sahour where they will enjoy delicious food, amazing music by talented artists and buy beautiful handicrafts from a wide variety of producers of all crafts.
1. 13:00- 13:45- Visit BFTA – Craft Village and the beauty and culture the village offers which is the meeting point for this tour and learn about your tour and the story of Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans org. 2. 13:45-13:55 on our way Visit a traditional bakery to try straight out of the oven bread 2. 14:00-14:30 Visit an amazing mother of pearl factory to learn about the production process and check out a unique workshop. 3. 14:30- 14:45 Quick falafel sandwiches on the way during our great tour, but keep some room for the delicious traditional dinner. 4. 14:45-15:20 Head to Nidal Dakarat olive wood Factory to learn about olive wood production as a religious tradition and the success story of an Olive wood Craftsman who mastered the Craft – enjoy a demonstration of production. 5. 15:20 – 16:10 visit and see the simple process of homemade soap production to heal skin problems using great ingredients, work along with the artisan 6. 16:10-17:00 because we love to take care of our visitors, you will enjoy a visit to a dead see products factory where their mud and salt is directly supplied from land owned by Palestinians on the famous dead see known for its healing water. 7. 17:00-17:40 Move up to Beit Jala to learn about kitchen ware olive wood production and participate in the making of a few kitchen ware items. 8. 18:00-21:00 Head back to BFTA craft village relax , have a night of your life , dine delicious Palestinian meal and enjoy a traditional dance and desert afterward. Shop at the only Fair Trade gift shop in Palestine full of beautiful handicrafts.