Aseela Women's Cooperative was established in the fall of 2004 in Bethlehem by a group of 13 women who cam together to address income-generation needs of families in refugee camps. It is an innovative entrepreneurial project that aims to empower Palestinian women and to promote unique Palestinian products.
Through the establishement of the women's enterpreneur project in the occupied Palestinian territory and linking it to the Fair Trade movement, Aseela strives to create a sustainable economic model that will:
- Provide economic security to Palestinian women and their families.
- Empower women as they gain skills and knowledge through entrepreneurship.
- Establish international recognition for Palestinian products by developing a line of Aseela products that is unique adn appealing, and that can serve as an advocacy tool for economic justice in Palestine.
- Build an international network of Aseela women entrepreneurs and progressive organizations, consumers, and advocates overseas.
- Address the issue of access and right to natural resources by providing economic opportunities to familiy farmers and agricultural cooperatives.