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RAMALLAH, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Hanaa Abu Azizi, a Palestinian peasant from a town in the southeast of Jenin city in the West Bank, travels more than 70 km regularly to a popular market in Al-Bireh city with her homemade products.
At the market, the 46-year-old mother of six displays her products and tries to sell them to the local residents to earn some money for a living, especially in the light of the deteriorating economic conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Azizi told Xinhua that her products are all made without preservatives or chemicals.
"My products have a unique taste because I cook them as if it was done for my family," Azizi said, adding a weekly income of 70 U.S. dollars from the business helps her family stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis.
Azizi is not the only woman trying to make money through selling products in this "peasants' market" which is organized every Saturday, Azzam Ismail, mayor of Al-Bireh, told Xinhua.
"All customers and sellers adhere to public health instructions and social distancing to avoid infections," he noted.
Lina Ismail, one of the market organizers, told Xinhua that they aim to provide farmers and small landowners with the opportunity to market their seasonal agricultural and industrial products and link them directly with customers without go-betweens.
All farmers come to the market from remote areas, especially those who "depend on home farming and have difficulty promoting their goods in cities," she said.
Abu Zeitoun, a resident of the village of Asira Al-Shamaliya in the West Bank city of Nablus, told Xinhua that he misses natural products that do not harm his body as the products manufactured in modern factories have their adverse effects on health.
"People yearn for nature, regardless of the development of the industry," he said.