Sindyanna of Galilee is a nonprofit fair trade organization established in 1996 primarily to address issues related to the status of Arab women in their society. Led by women striving for social change, Sindyanna works with the Arab population in the Galilee region of northern Israel, as well as with olive growers and artisans in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Sindyanna combines commercial activity with work in the community, thereby enhancing Arab women’s empowerment while developing the olive industry. The organization stresses values such as land preservation, environmental considerations and commerce using the principle of fair trade.
Sindyanna symbolizes a unique cooperation between Arabs and Jews, striving to strengthen the economy of the Arab Palestinian population, both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. Sindyanna is not only a means of helping farmers and growers; it is also a way of showing that a solution to the Middle East conflict starts with opening real economic opportunities.
In addition to marketing olive oil and herb products and palm baskets produced by women, Sindyanna provides sickness and maternity benefits, retirement benefits and vacation. The group also organizes summer camps for the children of artisans, cultural events and educational projects. Sindyanna is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Ten Thousand Villages began purchasing from Sindyanna in 2009. Ten Thousand Villages purchases olive oil soap from Sindyanna.
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