“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 - Mrs Gulshan Bibi, (WFTO) member SABAH/SUNGI Pakistan & FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN INTERVIEWS & VISITS 2011 & 2015

Interview - Mrs Gulshan Bibi, (WFTO) member SABAH/SUNGI Pakistan & FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN INTERVIEWS & VISITS 2011 & 2015

FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN

Sabeena Ahmed with Gulshan Bibi - SABAH Pakistan visit and interview Haripur, Pakistan

Gulshan Bibi, Sabeena Ahmed and Nazia Shahid and family

Interview and visit to Gulshan Bibi's house Haripur, Pakistan

January 2012

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.

Sabeena Ahmed with Gulshan Bibi - SABAH Pakistan visit and interview Haripur, Pakistan (SHOW OFF YOUR FAIRTRADE LABEL)

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.

Sabeena Ahmed with Gulshan Bibi - SABAH Pakistan visit and interview Haripur, Pakistan

Mrs Gushan Bibi displaying her hand embroidered shawl

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.

Introduction - SAARC Business Association for Home Based Workers

SABAH Pakistan is membership based company improving & linking home based traditional skilled women.

 Sabah Pakistan WFTO member visited by Sabeena Ahmed January 2011

A beautiful wall hanging displaying the members of

Sabah Pakistan

SABAH PAKISTAN HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANIZATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

Ladies sewing at the WFTO SABAH PAKISTAN Head office Rawalpindi, Pakistan visited by Sabeena Ahmed

Ladies sewing at the SABAH PAKISTAN head office Rawalpindi

 

WFTO POSTER & SUNGI PAKISTAN explaining a fair wage for artisans, visited by Sabeena Ahmed January 2012

A poster explaining a fair wage and prosperous future in URDU

 

GULSHAN BIBI

Gulshan Bibi is one of the most extraordinary women I have ever had the opportunity to meet. She is a business woman, mother, social activist and inspiration for all.

WFTO advocate, business woman and social activist Gulshan Bibi, Haripur, Pakistan visited by Sabeena Ahmed Jan 12

She became a widow at a young age and started to embroider clothes in her town of Haripur.

WFTO advocate, business woman and social activist Gulshan Bibi's house, Haripur, Pakistan visited by Sabeena Ahmed Jan 12

I visited her beautiful house which was built from the proceeds of selling her hand embroidered products.

Samina Bibi and Urooj - WFTO member SABAH PAKISTAN'S head office Rawalpindi visited by Sabeena Ahmed Jan 2012

Samina Bibi Founder of SABAH PAKISTAN visited Haripur 30 years ago and decided to support Gulshan Bibi and retail her products in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Samina Bibi sold all Gulshan Bibi's embroidered products and returned with the profits.

SABAH PAKISTAN's Head Office Rawalpindi - Fair trade products visited by Sabeena Ahmed January 2012

She then encouraged Gulshan Bibi to persuade other women in Haripur to establish a co-operative and raise awareness for fair trade, fair wages much to the annoyance of men who weren't supportive and opposed the women.

Over the years the men realised that these courageous women have brought economic prosperity to the area and tourists are a good source of income.

The ladies have built a large school and train other ladies in the rural villages.

I cannot express my adoration for this woman.

WFTO advocate, business woman and social activist Gulshan Bibi, Haripur, Pakistan visited by Sabeena Ahmed Jan 12

She welcomed me into her home and I met with her daughters and grand children.

There was an electricity power cut, hence the darkness in the interview.

It was very cold outside.

I hope to visit Gulshan Bibi again soon.

INTERVIEW WITH GULSHAN BIBI

 

MY SUMMARY OF THE INTERVIEW WITH GULSHAN BIBI FOR OGUNTE

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH FAIRTRADE AND NGO's KARACHI, PAKISTAN

I have attached interviews with Fairtrade and NGO's I visited during December January 2011/12 and February/March 2015 below for you to watch at your leisure.

I conducted interviews at the following organisations.

THE DOMINION TRADERS

SABAH PAKISTAN

THE RA'ANA LIAQUAT CRAFTMEN'S COLONY

THE HOME BASED WOMEN'S WORKERS FEDERATION

AHAN - AIK HUNAR AIK NAGAR

KAARVAN CRAFTS - PRIDE PAKISTAN

AL FALAH TRUST AND EMBROIDERY PROJECT

 

INTRODUCTION - THE DOMINION TRADERS

Fairly traded Marble and Onyx Producers

The Dominion Traders have been promoting the principles of fair trade in Pakistan since 1947.

I had the good fortune of interviewing Mr Syed Fahad Ali, Chief Executive Officer and his team of talented artisans when I visited their offices and factory, December 2011.

Since it's inception the organisation has supported approximately 60 employees who are treated with the utmost love and respect. Employees receive fair wages, are employed in good working conditions and are provided with medical care.


The Little Fair Trade Shop's interview with Syed Fahad Ali CEO of The Dominion Traders.

The Little Fair Trade Shop's interview with Younis Inayat. Businessman and Senior Fair Trade Artisan working with The Dominion Traders, Pakistan.

 

THE LITTLE FAIR TRADE SHOP (2011) - DOCUMENTARY

You an watch Mr Syed Fahad Ali's interview at 2 minutes

and 35 seconds

I hope to post the new interviews recorded February 2015 with Mr Inayat and Mr Syed Fahad Ali soon.

Group photo of the fairtrade artisans - Interview with the Dominion Traders, Sabeena Ahmed & The Little Fair Trade Shop

The Dominion Traders artisans with Syed Fahad Ali

 

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

 

 

INTRODUCTION - THE HOME BASED WOMEN'S WORKERS FEDERATION

The Home Based Women's Workers Federation works with over 4600 members in Quetta (Balochistan) and Hyderabad and Karachi (Sindh).

It's main aim is to advocate and lobby for the rights of home based women workers in Pakistan.

The Federation provides training such as embroidery, leather production and jewellery and fashion design.

Ladies proficient in their chosen skills are selected to mentor and train ladies in their local areas and campaign for a decent living wage by negotiating fair prices through collective bargaining.

HBWWF hopes to develop international partners who can provide assistance with marketing, advertising and product development.

Dedicated campaigner and General Secretary Zehra Khan explained,
 
'We are working for the rights of home based workers in Pakistan and are lobbying with the government to accept them as workers.'

INTERVIEW FEBRUARY 2015

After a 4 year absence I had the privilege and honour to revisit the ladies at the HBWWF at their new headquarters in Karachi.

It was lovely to talk with Mrs Jamila and Zehra Khan again.

This interview was conducted before my rebranding hence the green butterfly and strapline.

I did not write the subtitles and I understand that there are grammatical errors and incorrect subtitles in the film.

I hope to amend this version as soon as I am able.

Interview recorded with Ms Zehra khan and Mrs Jameela February 2015

 

FAIRTRADE DOCUMENTARY RECORDED 2011 

Fairtrade documentary featuring Zehra Khan and ladies at

4 minutes and 40 seconds

I have been poorly this year hence the delay in editing other interviews with several home based workers.

I hope to upload photographs and videos of both visits soon.

Thank you for your patience.

 

INTRODUCTION

AHAN - AIK HUNAR AIK NAGAR

Ahan is a non profit company created by the Pakistani Industrial Corporation in 2006.

It has 4 offices based in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi.

It aims to provide employment for small marginalised craftsman and artisans around Pakistan.

It works to revive traditional handicrafts through skill enhancement, product development, technological output, quality control and market and financial support.

Interview with Mr Shakeel Abro conducted December 2011

 I hope to upload Mr Abro's 2015 interview as soon as I receive it.

 video here

THE LITTLE FAIR TRADE SHOP (2011) - DOCUMENTARY

You can watch Mr Shakeel Abro's interview at

10 minutes 50 seconds.

 

INTRODUCTION

KAARVAN CRAFTS - PRIDE PAKISTAN

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

 THE LITTLE FAIR TRADE SHOP (2011) - DOCUMENTARY

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.

 

INTRODUCTION

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.

video here

 

Dr Irum's guest book comments

Dr Irum Rizwan's comments - Interview and Visit to Al Falah Trust by Sabeena Ahmed March 2015

 Dr Irum Rizwan's comments in The Little Fair Trade Shop

guest book

THE LITTLE FAIR TRADE SHOP (2011) - DOCUMENTARY

You can also watch Dr Siddiqui's interview at 16 minutes 40 seconds

Thank you for watching.

I hope these interviews have encouraged you to support fairtrade producers in Pakistan.

Sabeena

 

Further Reading and Links

THE DOMINION TRADERS

SABAH PAKISTAN

THE RA'ANA LIAQUAT CRAFTMEN'S COLONY

THE HOME BASED WOMEN'S WORKERS FEDERATION

AHAN - AIK HUNAR AIK NAGAR

KAARVAN CRAFTS - PRIDE PAKISTAN

AL FALAH TRUST AND EMBROIDERY PROJECT

 

 

 

 




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