Bethlehem designer Nadya Hazboun defies cultural and political obstacles to sell her unique line of locally-inspired olivewood jewelry featuring Arabic calligraphy and quotes from Palestinian literature. With perseverance, a sharp eye for design, and a diligent work ethic, she has thrived and built a well-known brand in Bethlehem, Ramallah, and other cities.
Beit Doqu Development Society is a nonprofit established in 1988 in the picturesque village of Beit Doqu, near Jerusalem. Programs include cultural, social, agricultural, and health services to the community as well as income-generation activities for women. Recently, the expansion of Israeli settlements have completely encircled the village, resulting in the loss of a large area of agricultural land, a vital source of livelihood. The jewelry includes delicately hand-crafted necklaces, earrings, and bracelets from brass, silver, and semiprecious stones, using Islamic styles and Arabesque designs.