“We love to listen to our customers and for this reason we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like a bespoke fair trade product made especially for you.”

Interview - Kaarvan Crafts, Pride of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011, FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

Interview - Kaarvan Crafts, Pride of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011, FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

Fair trade Pakistan

Interview with Kaarvan Pride of Pakistan and Mr Sajid Khan - Fair Trade Pakistan, Sabeena Ahmed

Mr Sajid Khan at Kaarvan - Pride Pakistan

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.

Kaarvan Pride Pakistan, Interview with Sajid Khan - 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.

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

Kaarvan ladies sewing - Sabeena Ahmed & The Little Fair Trade Shop



Kaarvan's mission is to be a fairtrade market leader by producing and retailing affordable and sophisticated hand crafted products in local and export markets.

It provides employment opportunities and marketing and advisory services to women and girls in low income communities so that they can enhance their economic realities.

Interview with Kaarvan Shop Manager Mr Sajid Khan



You can watch Mr Sajid Khan's interview at 8 minutes and

32 seconds

I did not have the opportunity to visit the Karachi shop during my last visit to Pakistan during 2015 but hope to interview Aysha Saifuddin next time.

Thank you for watching.



Further Reading and Links

Kaarvan Crafts Foundation

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 (English and Urdu) with Sabeena Z Ahmed
Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 (English and Urdu) with Sabeena Z Ahmed

This year the Fairtrade Foundation organised several webinars about Fairtrade Farmers and the Climate Crisis before and during Fairtrade Fortnight 2023.

I have translated this vlog in Urdu.

اس سال فیئر ٹریڈ فاؤنڈیشن نے فیئر ٹریڈ فورٹ نائٹ 2023 سے پہلے اور اس کے دوران فیئر ٹریڈ فارمرز اور موسمیاتی بحران کے بارے میں کئی ویبنارز کا اہتمام کیا۔

میں نے اس بلاگ کا اردو میں ترجمہ کیا ہے۔

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#EmbraceEquity - International Women's Day 2023 (English and Urdu) with Sabeena Z Ahmed
#EmbraceEquity - International Women's Day 2023 (English and Urdu) with Sabeena Z Ahmed

This year's International Women's Day campaign was about embracing equity.

Sadly my right shoulder has been very painful and didn't receive the World Fair Trade Organization tool kit in time and designed my own IWD23 poster. 

I decided to write my poster in English and Urdu.

I hope I can record a video for next year.

اس سال خواتین کے عالمی دن کی مہم مساوات کو اپنانے کے بارے میں تھی۔

افسوس کی بات ہے کہ میرا دایاں کندھا بہت تکلیف دہ رہا ہے اور مجھے ورلڈ فیئر ٹریڈ آرگنائزیشن ٹول کٹ بروقت نہیں ملی اور میں نے اپنا IWD23 پوسٹر ڈیزائن کیا۔

میں نے اپنا پوسٹر انگریزی اور اردو میں لکھنے کا فیصلہ کیا۔

مجھے امید ہے کہ میں اگلے سال کے لیے ایک ویڈیو ریکارڈ کر سکوں گا۔

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February 2023 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary
February 2023 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from my shoulder procedure (January 2022) and am learning to live with pain in my right shoulder.

I participated in several webinars the first being the World Cancer Day 2023.

The second webinar was organised the World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 Program.

I participated in Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 which commenced February 27th - 12th March.

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