Denton, TX, April 16, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- In the West Bank, limited access to the global marketplace prevents talented Palestinian women from building careers with their craft and design skills. Dr. Janette Habashi, Associate Professor in educational psychology at the University of Oklahoma, is determined to change that. She started Child’s Cup Full with a mission to create lasting economic opportunity for the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank: refugee and impoverished women. The organization’s strategy is to train and employ women to make high quality, handmade children’s toys and accessories, and to generate business opportunity by opening doors to the US market.
As a non-profit social enterprise, Child’s Cup Full aims to build a self-sustaining business in which the funds generated from its product sales can support its training and employment programs in hard-to-reach communities in the West Bank. Child's Cup Full artisans have remarked on how their family members now give them more respect as breadwinners:
“Women need to work; not stay home… They need to go out and obtain their own salary and help their families. We now have so many expenses to educate our children, pay for rent, transportation, and food…I came to Child’s Cup Full almost two years ago not knowing how to do anything tatreez (embroidery) and now I am able to make toys for kids.” - Abeer, CCF staff
CCF, although a non-profit organization, uses a fair trade, retail and wholesale business model to scale solutions that tangibly improve the lives of refugee and low-income families. Instead of providing loans or vocational training programs, CCF aims to grow its own artisan center, and to train and employ women in artisan collectives across the region, including Ramallah, Hebron and Beit Jala, to manufacture products for the Child's Cup Full brand.
Child's Cup Full is currently fundraising to expand its reach across the West Bank region. Learn more about their work at www.ChildsCupFull.org/pages/support.