Meet the husband-and-wife team crowdfunding in Palestine to create sustainable jobs for Bedouins.
A: We talked to the rest of our team and encouraged one another. We remembered that we have many friends in Palestine and abroad that believe in our cause—saving Bedouin culture and heritage in Palestine—so we talked to them before the Accelerator started. We were really impressed by their support.
A: We did not have much success with mass communications like social media and email, but Facebook Messenger and one-on-one conversations were very successful. However, these tactics were time-consuming and required precise follow-up with people who did not donate at first. First, we reached out to close friends and family. From there, we expanded the circle of people we asked to donate.
A: Bedouins Without Borders is a fairly new organization with very little visibility and a small network, but to see people from all other the planet contributing and talking to their friends about our work was great and encouraging.
A: Reach out to your friends and don’t be shy. Believe in your goals and trust that others will do the same. Focus on reaching out to people you know, and one by one you’ll reach your goals.
A: We want to start a Bedouin cooperative for women that will help preserve Bedouin culture by generating sustainable jobs and income for 20 Bedouin women in Bethlehem. Because of rising costs of living, shrinking grasslands, and the Israeli occupation of Bedouin land, holding on to the shepherd’s way of life is difficult and most Bedouins live in poverty. Many older women have not passed their skills on to the younger generation, and this cooperative will teach people how to use local traditional materials like wool, sheepskin, bronze, and silver. We hope that by preserving cultural knowledge and tradition, as well as providing jobs, Bedouins’ lives will be changed for the better.
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