Fair trade 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.
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.
I would like to thank Dr. Badar Siddiqui for his time and assistance in the making of this film.
AL FALAH TRUST AND EMBROIDERY PROJECT
The Al Falah Trust and Embroidery Project was founded by Mrs. Shahina Siddiqui in 1995.
The organisation supports disadvantaged and marginalised women from, Taluka, Mirpur, Sakhro, Thatha (Tatta) in the province of Sindh.
Traditional embroidery and home accessories are produced using traditional patterns and colours that promote their rich heritage which would otherwise be lost or forgotten.
I hope to upload Dr Irum Rizwan's interview conducted 2015 as soon as I receive it.
Dr Irum's guest book comments
THE LITTLE FAIR TRADE SHOP (2011) - DOCUMENTARY
You can also watch Dr Siddiqui's interview at 16 minutes 40 seconds
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Further Reading and Links
Al Falah Trust and Embroidery Project
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By sheer chance and after a coffee with Ms Arwa Hassan Al Qassim of Dubai Culture early February 2018 I was politely asked if I would like to be panelist at the SheTrades MENA Launch. I said YES!
Many thanks to Dr Ashraf Mahate Chief Economist at the Government of Dubai and Dubai Exports and Ms Al Qassim for providing me with a platform to talk about my passion FAIR TRADE.
This January I started trading at The Boutique Market at JBR, Dubai, UAE.
I invited two wonderful Social Enterprise lecturers from the Middlesex University Dubai to lunch at the Olea Restaurant Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.
Received a new consignment of fair trade and fairly traded organic toys.
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