Ahdaf, (Arabic “goals”) based in Bethlehem, opened in 2010 by Mervat Jackaman who needed to find income after her husband became too ill to work. From a small workshop this family run business produces stained glass items.
Their recycled glass production also promotes women’s role in society and promotes Palestinian handcrafts. They give 20% of their profits to St. Martha’s House, a day centre for elderly women whose message is “life is to be cherished at all stages, and it is possible to care for those who need it most even under the most adverse of conditions!”. They hope with donations to find a permanent home for St. Martha’s House.