Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Souq Jara and Fair Trade

From The Earth is devoted to supporting local community development by teaching job skills, providing meaningful employment for its employees, and by practicing fair trade principles, as outlined by the World Fair Trade Organization, in the operation of its business. FTE also provides the ability for different artisans to showcase their crafts and wares, while providing a fair price for their goods. It is with great joy that we are able to participate each Friday in the annual Souq Jara hosted in Jabal Amman between now and the end of September. The Souq is designed specifically to assist in the development of one of Amman’s oldest neighborhoods, while at the same time helping local craftsmen and women market their wares. Part of an excellent article written about the Souq by Muath Freij and recently published in the Jordan Times is included below:

Raja Gargour, whose family was among the first to settle in the area, told The Jordan Times that the market is a “great idea” to draw people to the old neighborhood. “The souk has become one of the most celebrated occasions in the summer for most people. It provides people with a great opportunity to showcase their handicrafts and meet all sorts of people,” he said.

Zain Hayek, a long-time area resident, pointed out that the market has become a way to preserve the identity of Jabal Amman. “The market is a good project to enhance tourism in Jordan and Jabal Amman. Its various activities attract more people to the area,” Hayek said.

Umm Ali has sold her handicrafts at the market since its inception five years ago. The 70-year-old noted that the event has not only allowed her to promote her goods, but make new friends from across Jordan and the world.

Khalil Salamah, an interior designer, said he takes part in the souk not only to sell his paintings, but to attract customers to his workshop long after the market has packed up for the year.

If you would like to read the entire article, click here.

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