Products: Embroidered shawls, bags, and home decor items
Beneficiaries: 50 women from Amari refugee camp
Amari Refugee Camp, located near the city of Ramallah, is home to more than 10,000 people - the refugees from the 1948 Nakba* and their descendents. They originated from the cities of Lydd, Ramla, Jaffa, and surrounding villages in central Palestine. After four generations in exile, the densely populated camp of today struggles with overcrowding, poor infrastructure and high poverty and unemployment rates.
The Women’s Program Center at Amari Refugee Camp aims to develop the social, cultural, and professional capacities of women. It was established in 1993 under the supervision of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and the support of the Government of Germany. Run by the seven-member board elected from the community, the Center regularly offers more than 250 women vocational training courses such cosmetology and hair styling, free medical consultations, fitness activities, handicraft production, and kindergarten facilities.
In 2010, Sunbula formed the partnership with the Center, through the product development and capacity-building support. Sunbula's designer Hamada Atallah trained a group of women in product design, and helped the once-struggling embroidery project transform into an efficient production team.
With the ongoing marketing support by Sunbula, the Center today provides more than 50 women with the opportunity to earn a regular income through embroidery and sewing.