The Arraba Society for Women Development is located in the Old Palace of the village in the beautiful rural countryside on the outskirts of Nablus. The dedicated women at this cooperative are working hard to guarantee its survival. While the municipality has given them the use of a spacious room for their meeting room in the old palace, the room is in need of rehabilitation and painting. The women’s requests for assistance from the municipality for this renovation have not yet been approved.
In the past, the women have cooked for the local school’s cafeteria but are no longer able to do so because they do not have sufficient funds to pay the workers. Yet they are determined to work together to continue to produce embroidery, olive paste, and their specialty—duqqa—for the local community and for festivals.
Their specialty, duqqa, which is Ghazan duqqa, is roasted and milled lentils and chickpeas blended with sumac, caraway and sesame seeds. The ‘recipe’ for this blend was brought from Gaza to Arraba by one of the women, Manar Khleif, who demonstrates to visitors the process of making it to interested visitors.
The Masar Ibrahim continues to encourage the women of this cooperative through staff visits, needs assessments, and encouraging hikers of the trail to visit the center as they travel through Arraba.
To contact Manar Khleif call 0598304982 or contact the Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil through their website: www.masaribrahim.ps.
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