Middle East Artisans
Holyland Handicrafters: Palestine
In Palestine where conflict between various ethnic and people groups is common, there is a need for financial stability. In addition, artists of Palestine long depended on tourists as their source of income. However, now that tourism is not commonplace, financial stability is difficult. Holyland Handicrafters provides finding new markets outside of Palestine for these talented artisans. They provide an outlet for approximately 40 artisans to create and sell their goods. Holyland Handicrafters is also working to end discrimination. By not favoring if a particular shop is Christian or Muslim, they are bringing together opposing views to back behind a common cause of selling beautiful handmade goods.
Masters Handicrafts: Kyrgyzstan
With bride kidnapping and women's abduction a huge issue in Kyrgyzstan today, many people often ignore the good that is coming out of the country. Master's Handicraft helps women who have traditional artistic However, Master's Handicrafts keeps the family nature of Kyrgyzstan at the core. They cherish the traditional way of creating art that is handed down between women as well as maintaining family relationships. By not forming a guild, they are able to work directly with different families in buying and One incredible story is that of Gulya and her mother. Gulya supports her elderly mother and her two young
adult daughters by creating figurine sets. However, Gulya is mostly deaf and only communicates through Russian sign language and reading lips.
Master's Handicrafts gives people like Gulya equal opportunity to work and be encouraged.
Dominion Trading: Pakistan
There are a multitude of religions and ethnic tribes in Pakistan, which leads to one of the many reasons why the country has been volatile for years.
Dominion Traders, based in Karachi, Pakistan works with the diverse amount of artisans in this region. Through this cooperative, artisans across those
groups are working together to bring their product to market, showing that peace is possible. In addition to the peace that is created, benefits to artisans
include profit sharing, pension plans and medical plans.
The Silk Road Fair Trade Market, phone 724-946-8502, email@example.com
located at 115 N. Market, #1, New Wilmington, Pa 16142
Open Tuesday - Saturday (10-5), Thurs evening to 6, closed Sunday and Monday