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Alola Foundation Center & Shop

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Address: Rua Bispo de Medeiros, Mascarenhas-Mercado Lama, Dili, East Timor
Phone Number:
+670 332 3855

Alola Esperansa, the business arm of the Alola Foundation, was established...

Alola Esperansa, the business arm of the Alola Foundation, was established in 2006 to promote cultural preservation and economic empowerment of women.

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The context here is important but even without it this retail outlet is worth a visit. Lovely, well priced local artifacts make Alola a special place. The warm greeting and big... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 January 2016
Darwin, Australia
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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

The context here is important but even without it this retail outlet is worth a visit. Lovely, well priced local artifacts make Alola a special place. The warm greeting and big smiles make it something more. Be generous and enjoy the quality and range of handicrafts and other materials on sale here. A must see!

1 Thank Bunburyoz
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

This is a show-and-tell of successful recovery and rehabilitation from past attacks. The revenue from the sale will not be sufficient for long term sustainable livelihood. Beyond tais, bags, handicrafts, postcards, the foundation can do go by developing and promoting cooperative business, exports, amongst not just the victims but also Timorese women. There are many foundations in Timor. Collaboration, integration... More 

1 Thank Edmund K
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015 via mobile

A friend took us here. Was great place to see tais of different types and combinations. Go I. Have a look and buy something. Is for a great cause

1 Thank Suttond
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

I loved the idea of it and it is a really worthy cause but you wouldn't know it from the displays and talking to the women. Unless you know people with some familiarity of it, it is just like any other store selling crafts. There is a good story here but they are not telling it.

4 Thank RonWamberal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2010

I would agree that this is a great place to pick up some local goods (Tais, bags, etc) - and the cause the these people support is fantastic - I fully support it. However, I would not say that this is the best place to get local goods - there are other places around that offer the same goods for... More 

6 Thank FunWithDaFam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2009

As anyone working for UNMIT knows, there isn't much to do in Dili and finding souveniers is among the hardest. The best shop by far is the Alola foundation, a women's collective that supports local craftswomen through the sale of traditional arts. The shop is located off the traffic circle (most taxi drivers know it well) and is extremely well... More 

13 Thank Bonedigger
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2009

This foundation was originally established to address the attacks on women during the troubles in East Timor in 1999. The foundation covers a number of projects for women and children in East Timor. I found the centre interesting for its approach to deal with a humanitarian crisis. But as someone interested in arts and culture I found the centre a... More 

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