The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative is a certified fair trade cooperative based in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem working to alleviate poverty and assist artisans in the marketing of products. The cooperative was founded in 1981 and has 36 member workshops. They work to increase income levels, decrease emigration, and sustain the Palestinian handicraft industry by effectively marketing members' products, making raw materials available at a low cost, and helping to develop technical and managerial expertise.
A valuable wood species, olive wood is harvested from olive trees that are no longer bearing fruit. Olive trees are never harvested solely for wood since olive fruit is a valuable agricultural commodity.