Dalia Abu Halwi has always been passionate about environmental causes affecting her local community in Hebron. Along with her entrepreneurial spirit, Dalia was spurred to action when an ancient family olive tree began to wilt away. “It all started when an olive tree that has been part of my family for generations was irreparably damaged and had to be removed. When they came to cut it down, I knew it would end up as firewood, which I couldn’t let happen. So I saved most of the branches and used them to create decorative accents for my home. This allowed me to give the tree a new life so that it can continue to live on for even more generations.”
Dalia soon found her calling and began transforming ailing trees in her local community into repurposed decorative home accents. Family and friends alike were soon obsessed with Dalia’s work and motivated her to take the next step and sell her crafts in the local market. The thought of transforming her newfound hobby into a viable business never crossed Dalia’s mind before then. However, she started sharing some of her work on social media, and the orders started pouring in.
During this time, MENACatalyst, along with the support of the GIZ, began to offer a series of services aimed at empowering emerging entrepreneurs from Hebron with the business and financial development skills and support services to launch viable enterprises.
Dalia took advantage of the opportunity and has since become quite business savvy. Attending business development webinars with leading business professionals and industry partners based inside and outside of Palestine and receiving exclusive one-on-one mentorship sessions and seed funding Dalia became ready to kick start her business on a professional level.
Equipped with this newfound know-how and support, Dalia soon set up shop and is now the proud founder of Eco Woodwork with Dalia. The shop features an impressive array of olive and pinewood carved accents perfect for the home or office. However, the shop has become known for its signature log planters that are all environmentally friendly and crafted from repurposed trees.
“You can purchase our planters with either artificial or natural flowers, or succulents, upon your request. We also have a variety of clocks, frames, shelves, and wall hangings. All our crafts are of the highest value, produced with the utmost care, and crafted from 100 percent repurposed olive and pine wood,” says Dalia.
Dalia’s shop truly is unique, as it breathes new life into ancient Palestinian trees and allows people all over the world to take a piece of Palestine home.
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