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Alola Foundation Center & Shop

Rua Bispo de Medeiros, Mascarenhas-Mercado Lama, Dili, East Timor
+670 332 3855
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Beautiful Timorese products

We enjoyed visiting the Alola foundation shop on our recent trip to Timor. The staff were helpful... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Carmela_Vincente
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Darwin, Australia
via mobile
Wonderful

The context here is important but even without it this retail outlet is worth a visit. Lovely... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2016
Bunburyoz
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Darwin, Australia
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Alola Esperansa, the business arm of the Alola Foundation, was established in 2006 to promote cultural preservation and economic empowerment of women.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good12%
  • Average25%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
13 May 2018
“Beautiful Timorese products”
25 Jan 2016
“Wonderful ”
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Rua Bispo de Medeiros, Mascarenhas-Mercado Lama, Dili, East Timor
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+670 332 3855
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the Alola foundation shop on our recent trip to Timor. The staff were helpful and friendly, and we were able to view the range of beautifully made products - most from tais, from various regions. It was hard to choose! As well...More

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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...More

1  Thank Bunburyoz
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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...More

1  Thank Edmund K
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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
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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...More

4  Thank RonWamberal
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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...More

6  Thank FunWithDaFam
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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...More

13  Thank Bonedigger
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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...More

10  Thank RafikiLondon
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