Welcome to our global maker-to-market movement where, together with 20,000 artisans, we ignite social change. We create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in developing countries to thrive through strong relationships, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.
A striking cross pendant hand-carved from beautifully grained olive wood by Palestinian artisans. This piece reflects both the fine craftsmanship of Palestinian artisans and the artistry of nature. Carvers do not cut down trees for their craft, but rather use pruned branches removed to enhance the health of the trees.
HANDCRAFTED IN WEST BANK
Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans (BFTA) celebrates ancient craft and wisdom through trade—a nonprofit NGO that improves the lives of marginalized groups across Palestine by bringing their goods and stories to market.The goal: Equality and justice by creating sustainable and equitable business models with a better work environment for makers who work with olive wood, embroidery, mother of pearl, olive oil soap, felt wool, and recycled products.Established in 2009, BFTA became the first guaranteed member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) in the Middle East in 2015. Through trade relationships with organizations like Ten Thousand Villages, BFTA reaches new markets, doubling its sales in the past few years, and improving the quality of life for hundreds of artisans and their communities.