12.02.2016 - 16.02.2016 — Hall: 10.1 Stand: D 87
Who We Are
Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans (BFTA) is a non-profit NGO established in 2009. It works to spread the fair trade message in Palestine and links Palestinian producers to global fair trade markets. In 2015, BFTA became the first guaranteed member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in the Middle East. WFTO is the largest global network advocating Fair Trade principles.
BFTA‘s mission to empower the most vulnerable artisans in Palestine and support them to become active agents in their own livelihoods and develop their social rights and their communities.
BFTA aims to develop the local economy by creating more opportunities to the most marginalized producers, creating sustainable livelihoods.
By spreading the message of fair trade, BFTA aims to restore the dignity of the most marginalized groups in the Palestinian society and to improve their lives.
BFTA supports Palestinian women, by increasing their market share in the domestic and global markets, increasing their incomes, their decision making role at home and in the community and enhancing their social standing.
BFTA targets youth with its fair trade advocacy in the hope of creating more sustainable and equitable business models and a better working environment for the future.
Through its dedication to solidify the fair trade principles in Palestine, BFTA works to contribute to a global trade structure of equality and justice.
BFTA supports its producers in selling and marketing. While working with producers specializing in olive wood, embroidery, mother of pearl, olive oil soap, felt wool, and recycled products, BFTA promotes and celebrates the Palestinian culture and tradition. Through our mission of fair trade, we cherish these ancient crafts and share their local stories with the world. BFTA became an umbrella of major support for: 53 family-owned olive wood workshops, ceramics and blown glass factories, 50 women’s cooperatives and groups across Palestine working with embroidery, recycled glass, basket weaving and jewelry making, and five disabled groups making felt wool products and recycled cards. BFTA successfully reached new markets and doubled sales in the past few years, which has helped to sustain an income for hundreds of disadvantaged producers. By fostering the sustainable development of these communities, BFTA aims to contribute to a global trade structure that benefits marginalized groups.
BFTA provides its producers with capacity building trainings (CBTs) and business and managerial consultancies. BFTA coordinates and contextualizes CBTs in which BFTA helps its beneficiaries to maximize their fair trade practices and educate them on their social rights. Moreover, BFTA provides them with consultancy services on market development. BFTA has two main development programmes: women economic empowerment programme and product development programme. In the first, BFTA works directly with female producers to advance their knowledge and technical skills in increasing productivity, marketing and sales. With the product development programme, BFTA works to develop the artisan’s products and strategically positioning them in the international market.
A wonderful gift for all the happy cooks out there: A lemon squeezer made from natural, antiseptic...
A further very popular item is BFTA's honey spoon. Dip it in the honey jar, twist it slightly and...
Hearts made of the holy land wood carrying a message of peace and love. 2) Olive wood letter...
A beautiful and traditional handicraft from the Holy Land: Lovely hand-carved nativity: maintaining...