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Interviews - The Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony (RLCC), Karachi, Pakistan, (2011 & 2015) FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

Interviews - The Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony (RLCC), Karachi, Pakistan, (2011 & 2015) FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

Fair trade Pakistan

Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony - Interview with RLCC artisans with Sabeena Ahmed

I fulfilled a life time ambition to visit Pakistan December 2011 and February 2015 and met the only two fair trade certified organisations in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

I also conducted interviews with a government official and non profit organisations who are working towards implementing the ten principles of fair trade. Each organisation has a dual role and purpose;

1. to support rural artisans establish and develop strong sustainable projects and
2. revive traditional skills and techniques.

 

Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony - Interview with RLCC artisans at the beauty centre with Sabeena Ahmed

 

Children studying at the RLCC Karachi Pakistan with Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

I completed producing and editing a series of short films and a documentary to create awareness for fair trade in Pakistan.

RLCC Karachi Pakistan group photo of the lady artisans with Sabeena Ahmed

I feel very honoured and humbled to be representing the most inspirational ladies and artisans around the world.

INTRODUCTION - The Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony

Income Generation Programme
 
The Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmen's Colony was founded by Begum Ra'ana Liquat, 1954.

I visited their inspirational headquarters and observed training workshops where ladies were taught to produce beautiful up-cycled products.

Mrs Nisreen was happy to share her story and work experiences.

Interview with Mrs Nisreen conducted Feb 2015 at the RLCC Karachi Pakistan with Sabeena Ahmed

It was wonderful to learn how the income generation programme had empowered her and given her the opportunity to supplement her income by designing crochet products.

 

I hope to upload the new interview with Mrs Nisreen recorded February 2015 and other lady artisans soon.

video with Mrs Nisreen 2015 (tba)

 

Interview with Haseena at the RLCC Karachi with Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop

Interview with Haseena conducted February 2015

 

Hand embroidered balochi cotton kurta (kurteys) interview with Haseena at the RLCC Pakistan with Sabeena Ahmed

Hand embroidered Balochi kurtey (long blouses) by Haseena

 

Interview with Haseena conducted February 2015

 

THE LITTLE FAIR TRADE SHOP (2011) - DOCUMENTARY

You can watch the interview with Ms Selwa Habib Managing Committee Director at 14 minutes and 30 seconds

 

Thank you for watching.

Sabeena

 

Future Reading and Links

The RLCC




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