SUNBULA promoting social justice through fair trade

Sunbula works to empower grassroots artisanal groups in Palestine.

We began as a small project at St. Andrew's Scottish Church in Jerusalem in 1996.

Sunbula means a 'spike of wheat' in Arabic, a symbol of the promise of transformation.

We specialize in product development and marketing support, aiming to maximize the potential of producers.

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Sunbula's product development training is delivered by professional designers.

It helps artisans to improve their skills and production management.

It also enables each producer group to create its own unique products.

Sunbula's two fair trade stores in Jerusalem offer much-needed market access for our partner groups from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

We currently partner with 25 community-based groups, with a combined membership of over 2,000 people: women, refugees, small-scale farmers, people with disability, and members of minority groups.

Sunbula established projects for Bedouin women to help increase economic security and resilience for vulnerable communities.

We outfitted two workshops and trained women who previously had no means of income. Our designers created their first products.

In Al-Mahtwish community, the women learned needle-felting skills and created animal figures from Bedouin life.

In Abu Nuwar community, the women learned silk-screen printing.

Sunbula's marketing enables the projects' sustainability.

A young girl from Abu Nuwar wearing her aunt's work.

Sunbula provides the only Jerusalem sales outlet for crafts from the Gaza Strip, such as Atfaluna Crafts, an income-generating project of the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children.

We generate income for artisans affected by the prolonged blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Atfaluna preserves the art of Majdalawi weaving. The fabric is made into various products.

Five of Sunbula’s producer group partners are located in refugee camps, such as Haneen Project in the Nablus area.

Sunbula’s designers incorporate bygone embroidery techniques into today’s designs to preserve and revitalize cultural heritage.

Pillow embroidered with the lesser-known 'tihshai' and 'laff' techniques.

Many women, like at Surif Women's Cooperative, have put their daughters though higher education, an opportunity they were not afforded.

Please donate to Sunbula's Annual Fund this holiday season. Your gift will help us continue our work to empower the communities across Palestine.

For a US charitable tax deduction, donate through our fiscal sponsor ArteEast

Thank you!

PO Box 8619 Jerusalem 91086 | +972 (0)2-672-1707 | info@sunbula.org
A member since 2000
Created By
Shirabe Yamada


Aida Burnett-Cargill, Ahed Izhiman, Steve Sabella