Aseela Women’s Cooperative was established in the fall of 2004 by a group of 13 women who came together to address income-generation needs of families in refugee camps in Bethlehem area. It is an innovative entrepreneurial project that aims to empower Palestinian women and to promote unique Palestinian products.
Aseela cooperative invites everyone to visit the workshop and watch the process of olive oil soap making. It is located on the 496 Manger Street, 1st Floor in Bethlehem. The place is open from 9 am till 2 pm, Monday – Thursday & Friday. To contact the cooperative call 02-27-60-42-65 or 0598-211-670 or write firstname.lastname@example.org; www.aseela.org
Olive oil acts as natural moisturizer, creating a very mild soap that leaves the skin smooth and supple. Aseela uses highest quality cold-pressed oil from naturally-grown and handpicked Palestinian olives from the West Bank.
The soap is produced through the traditional ‘cooking method’ in which the ingredients are simmered over low heat before being poured into the molds, then cut into pieces to dry. All this work is done by hand. There are different soaps produced: pure olive oil soap & with herbs and minerals like dead sea salts, thyme, chamomile.
Seeing the Aseela cooperative’s workshop could be one of the activities while visiting Bethlehem. Enjoy!