Al-Atayeb Cooperative President Samira Zgheib shows a sample of her co-op's strawberry jam that was canned using the filling machine provided by Al Majmoua and Fair Trade Lebanon on May 26, 2017. (The Daily Star / Antoine Abou-Diwan)
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Al-Atayeb was one of 19 agricultural and women-run cooperatives across Lebanon that received equipment this week to improve operations and productivity.In helping Al-Majmoua identify recipients for a total of 30 pieces of equipment, Fair Trade Lebanon assessed the needs of more than 500 co-op members, as well as their impact in their communities. Cooperatives like Al-Atayeb are important sources of income for women in rural communities across Lebanon where economic opportunities are scarce.Fair Trade Lebanon helps co-ops develop their products and identify markets in addition to providing marketing and distribution muscle.It is thanks to Fair Trade Lebanon's efforts that Al-Atayeb's products are exported to Central America.
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