The agri-food workshop proposed by OLEA was pioneered in Lebaa and neighbouring villages as a pilot project contributing significantly to the sustainable development of Christian villages East of Saida to Jazzin. In this context, Jean-Eudes Ropars, a volunteer in Lebanon, set up, in 2015, the project: "cooperative and agri-food workshop".
This innovative and stable economic project provides work for Christians in a region that sees its population disappearing gradually. It promotes local crafts by reinvigorating the trade in olive oil and olive tables.
Here, olive picking is not lived as a chore, far from it. Whatever the age or position, in the cooperative everyone participates. Denise, in charge of the cooperative, wants to participate in all tasks. The work is rhythmic, punctuated by song, laughter and great discussions. After the harvest, the pressing begins and for volunteers it is a wonderful opportunity to discover the process of making olive oil.
By helping OLEA, you helped to sell the products of local farmers, especially at the olive festival in 2015. Thanks to OLEA and the assistance provided by volunteers, the work quickly yielded fruits.
OLEA was able to hire employees and especially women. The harvest was fruitful from the very first year of the cooperative with more than three tonnes of production sold worldwide. Thanks to a grocery network, OLEA oil is present in New York and OLEA Table is twinned with a village in Southern France.
Farmers proud of their land take the greatest care, only to produce organic products to preserve the soil for future generations.