Borderers see fair trade in Bethlehem

Mary Taylor, Myra Ward and Heather Sceats meet the manager of The Holy Land Handicraft co-operative.
Mary Taylor, Myra Ward and Heather Sceats meet the manager of The Holy Land Handicraft co-operative.
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On A visit to Israel, members of the Selkirk Fairtrade Steering Group were given an insight into the first organisation in the Arab world to qualify for membership of The International Fair Trade Organisation (IFAT).

The Holy Land Handicraft Shop, based at Shepherds’ Fields near Bethlehem, is a co-operative of 36 Christian family members who aim to preserve centuries-old olive wood and mother-of-pearl crafts. The co-operative’s primary role is to market the handicrafts produced by artisan members. In the process they also aim to alleviate poverty, increase employment and decrease emigration. To find out more about the organisation and its products, go to www.holyland-handicraft.org. For more about Fairtrade in Selkirk, go to selkirkfairtrade.wordpress.com