19th September, 2007 - Posted by Zarah Patriana - No Comments
The Online Store’s Abby Edelman recently visited the Idna Ladies’ Association in the remote town of Idna, in the Palestinian Territory. The association uses the traditional Palestinian cross-stitch technique to embroider a wide range of products. The association provides vital income to its’ 45 women members, very often they are the only source of income for the household. The construction of the Separation Wall between Israel and the West Bank, in 2005, has lead to devastating unemployment throughout the region. The Wall’s trajectory runs through Idna, isolating the most fertile parts of the village’s agricultural area and underground water. More than 50 families have lost their olive groves and grazing land for livestock due to the wall. The visit to Idna is an example of the Global Exchange Online Store’s continued commitment to representing marginalized artisan groups throughout the world.
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