Hello and Assalaam Alaikum fair trade friends and supporters.
I am truly blessed to fulfil a life time ambition and am humbled that the Fair Trade industries finest pioneers and actors have supported my work in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
It's been a wonderful learning curve, I'm still learning!
Please enjoy the behind the scenes to our re-launch.
The list is long so I'll keep it short and sweet.
Sincere regards and best wishes to all my Fair Trade producers who supported me when I had nothing.
Zehra Khan (Home Based Women's Workers Federation Pakistan),
Alistair Menzies (Commerical Director at Traidcraft),
Miranda Paul (Fair Trade Author and Advocate),
Caroline Lewis (Labour Behind The Label),
Fred Abeyeratne (Photographer Extraordinaire),
Saima Tahqiq (Super Chef and Fair Trade Supporter),
Feroz Khan and Chavi Sereviratne (Fair Trade Supporters) and my family particularly my long suffering husband Faisal.
You can read the recommendations and support letters from
Bruce Crowther MBE, Rita Verity, Christina Longden, Michael Gidney, Alistair Menzies, Natalia Leal, Caroline Lewis, Miranda Paul and Zehra Khan by clicking on the Fair Trade Recommendations button at bottom of our home page or clicking on this link.
Thank you for reading!
Warmest regards and Walaikum Assalaam
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This month I completed the WFTO Asia - Introduction to Gender course and my Six Items Challenge 2017.
Attended The Muslim Lifestyle Show said hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers and purchased fairtrade dates from the Zaytoun stand.
Travelled to Manchester, UK to pay respects to my parents. A year has passed since my beautiful mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer.
Enjoyed a vegetarian lunch and interviewed Dr Sara Parker who has designed two fairtrade puppet sets with fairtrade producers in Nepal.
Celebrated Fashion Revolution Week.
Continued to mentor and support my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna in Poland.
This month I continued my Six Items Challenge 2017 with Labour Behind The Label.
Received an edited version of my interview with my Creative Director Mrs Helen Barlow Scott of The One Line Ethical Design Studio.
Attended two events at the Emirates Airline Literature Festival.
Met Jo Malone and presented her with fairtrade chocolate and a fairtrade breast cancer bag produced by ladies at Friends Handicraft Nepal.
Attended the BE BOLD FOR CHANGE event at the Dubai Lit Fest.
Conducted an impromptu photoshoot for Odylique and the Six items Challenge.
Continued mentoring my World Pulse Change Maker in Poland.
Enrolled on the WFTO Asia's Course - Introduction to Gender
Last year I had a couple of lovely online conversations with Abi Weeds Managing Director and Emma Hopewell of Odylique - Essential (Organics) Ltd.
I was particularly interested to support Odylique as it is a leading brand of cosmetics based in the United Kingdom that pride them selves on promoting their organic, vegan, fairtrade, cruelty free ethos and specialise in treating problematic sensitive, reactive and allergy prone skin.
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