Raja Bannoura, West Bank
Raja Bannoura Workshop, based in Beit Sahour, a village on the east side of Bethlehem, produces hand–carved olive wood products. Bannoura coordinates orders for many olive wood carvers and workshops in Beit Sahour. He collects pruned olive branches and wood, stacks them in his yard, and dries them for six to nine months before cutting the wood for use. Laminating many small rectangular pieces together makes the larger flat pieces for nativities. Using small pieces of wood ensures that olive trees are not cut down for carving purposes.
Raja Bannoura began working with olive wood in his family workshop in Beit Sahour in 1974.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases olive wood nativities, ornaments and rosaries from Raja Bannoura. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Raja Bannoura since 1978.
The holidays are a time when many of us count our blessings, at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, we certainly have much to be thankful for. We have made many new friends in the community over the last year, through events like World Fair Trade Day and the Fair Trade Forum. We have an outstanding and dedicated volunteer staff at the store, and we have amazing customers who shop with us time after time in an effort to help us spread our mission of fair trade.
Have some holiday shopping to do? We have over 1,000 items under $25, all of which help to provide a living wage for families in over 30 developing countries around the world. In addition, your purchases provide educational opportunities for our artisans and their children. Every item, every artisan, has a story behind it that we’ll be happy to share with you! So make Ten Thousand Villages of Austin your one-stop shop for the holidays, where the impact of your purchase will be felt around the world.
Tonight is our last First Thursday of 2008. We’ll have our friends the LP’s in the store to play some music for you while you browse. Have a cup of fresh-brewed fair trade coffee — we’ll keep the pot full for you ’til 10pm!
Have a beautiful holiday season! …Taylor