“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.”

April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

 

April 2019

 

This April I was asked to judge five social enterprises at

the Middlesex University Dubai.

 

I travelled to Dehli, India to visit family and meet fairtrade producers

M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.

Despite struggling with my shoulders I completed my Six Items Challenge for the
eighth consecutive year.

 

I interviewed Alex and Marie-Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar.

 

 

Social Enterprise Showcase 2019

Middlesex University Dubai

 

 

This April I was invited once again to judge 5 social enterprise businesses at the Middlesex University Dubai. 

Many thanks to Shanthi Rajan, Sandra Stevenson, Suzannah Fernandes and Dr Michael Kloep and Dr Cody Paris for their hospitality.

It was a difficult decision as all the social enterprises were winners.

Congratulations to Pentagon and their initiative Mihriban for their concept and vision.

 

Photographs of the showcase

  Middlesex University Dubai  Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 

  Middlesex University Dubai  Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 

 Dr Cody Paris introducing the teams at the Middlesex University Dubai  Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

Dr Cody Paris introducing the teams at the Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

   

 Sandra Stephenson with Shanthi Rajan and winners Pentagon at the Middlesex University Dubai  Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 Sandra Stephenson with Shanthi Rajan and winners Pentagon at the Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 

Sabeena Ahmed with Isatou Ceesay at  The Middlesex University Dubai  Social Enterprise Showcase April 18

Sabeena Ahmed with Isatou Ceesay at

The Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 

 Sabeena Ahmed with Isatou Ceesay with the IEBE team at  The Middlesex University Dubai  Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

Sabeena Ahmed with Isatou Ceesay with the IEBE team at

The Middlesex University Dubai

Social Enterprise Showcase April 19

 

To read more about the Social Enterprise Showcase please click here. 

 

 

From Dubai to Dehli

Fairtrade Travels - April 2019

It was a dream come true to finally travel to the country of my parents birth, India.

I arrived in Dehli and was greeted by a beautiful warm evening.

What followed was one of the most memorable weeks of my life.

Despite recovering from two shoulder surgeries and enduring a terrible bout of Dehli belly I proceeded with my magical tour.

I was humbled and privileged to visit two World Fair Trade Certified Organizations, M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.

Many thanks to Mathew K and Ms Moon Sharma for their time, care and hospitality.

 

Visit to Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped (M.E.SH), Dehli

 

Fairtrade Gallery 

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags April 2019

M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags 

 

Fairtrade Travels visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons April 2019

M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons

 

M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, fairtrade hand made toys visited April 2019

M.E.S.H Shop, Dehli India, fairtrade hand made toys

  

M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, THE AMAZING M.E.S.H TEAM visited April 2019

M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, 'THE AMAZING M.E.S.H TEAM.'

 

M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, THE AMAZING M.E.S.H TEAM and Sabeena Ahmed visited April 2019

M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, THE AMAZING M.E.S.H TEAM

and Sabeena Ahmed

 

From Dubai to Dehli - Visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India April 2019 by Sabeena Ahmed Guest comments

Mathew's comments in my guest book

 

From Dubai to Dehli - Visit to M.E.S.H Dehli India April 2019 by Sabeena Ahmed Guest comments

Mathew's comments

 

About M.E.SH 

Maximising Employment to Serve the Handicapped (MESH) is an Indian organisation practicing Fair Trade principles with disabled and leprosy affected artisans, for their rehabilitation.

I finally planned my visit to their shop in New Delhi and recorded several videos promoting the work of disabled artisans from all over India.

The shop was a treasure trove of hand embroidered bespoke home accessories, children's toys and bags.

If you happen to travel to Dehli the M.E.S.H shop is one fairtrade organisation you must visit and support.

What a gem of shop!

 

M.E.S.H Visit Dubai

I had the pleasure of welcoming CEO Ms Jackie Bonney now resident consultant and Manager Mathew to Dubai when they visited 2012.

Ms Jacky Bonnie MBE and Mathew of M.E.S.H Dehli India visiting Sabeena Ahmed in Dubai, UAE November 2012 (Custom)

Ms Jacky Bonnie MBE and Mathew K of M.E.S.H Dehli, India

visiting Sabeena Ahmed in Dubai, UAE November 2012

 

To watch more videos and read the blog click here

 

 

Interview with Moon Sharma of Tara Projects

It was an absolute pleasure and honour to meet with Moon Sharma of Tara Projects.

Apa (Big Sister) as she is lovingly known spent an evening talking about her travels around the world, fairtrade and sharing stories of Gateshead and Newcastle.

Apa! Thank you so much for your care kindness and time.

Interview with  Ms Moon Sharma of Tara Projects visit by Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop April 2019

Interview with the inspirational Moon Sharma of Tara Projects

visit by Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop - April 2019

 

 From Dubai to Dehli - Visit by Moon Sharma of Tara Projects Dehli India April 2019 by Sabeena Ahmed Guest comments

Apa's Comments in my guest book

 

Dear Sabeena,

So happy to meet you at last specially in Dehli.

 

 Interview with Moon Sharma - short version

 

Interview with Moon Sharma - extended version

 

About Tara Projects

TARA (Trade Alternative Reform Action) Projects made its humble beginning in early seventies with the objective of creating avenues of economic growth for economically disadvantaged artisans and craftsmen of Delhi and its surrounding areas in the un organized home-based sector. Encouraged by its initial success the project gradually extended its socio/economic and trade reform activities to the adjoining states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan in Northern India.

Since its inception Tara actively engaged in providing support services to the production and marketing of handicrafts on Fair Trade Principles, while addressing community developmental needs of the grassroots craft persons by imparting, general awareness, Human Rights, vocational and informal education for the human dignity.

Tara Projects, the Association has constantly remained an active catalyst in eradicating poverty, by fighting against exploitation and illiteracy of the producers and its working communities who are deprived of dignified identity and remained constantly subject to social injustice at the total disposal of Unfair Trade and middle men practices. “Make Trade Fair” has always been a principle goal for ushering into social and economic transformation at Tara.

 Courtesy of the Tara Projects website

 

 Interview with  Ms Moon Sharma of Tara Projects visit by Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop April 2019

Interview with the inspirational Moon Sharma of Tara Projects

visit by Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop - April 2019

 

To read and watch more interviews with Ms Moon Sharma please click here.

 

 

Six Items Challenge 2019 with

Labour Behind The Label

Six Items Challenge Gallery

Sabeena Ahmed - Six Items Challenge 2019 with Labour Behind The Label Week 1

 

Sabeena Ahmed - Six Items Challenge 2019 with Labour Behind The Label

 

Six Items Challenge 2019 - Sabeena Ahmed

 

Six Items Challenge 2019 - Sabeena Ahmed

 

Playwright course peers celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 Dubai UAE which coincided with my Six Items Challenge 2019 and Labour Behind The Label

 

Playwright recitals at the Emirates Foundation Festival March 2019 - Six Items Challenge 2019 with Labour Behind The Label and Sabeena Ahmed

 

Six Items Challenge 2019 with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai UAE, Sabeena Ahmed

 

Isatou Cessay with Sabeena Ahmed at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai UAE -April 2019

 

Hello and Assalaam Alaikum (peace and blessings) everyone,

Thanks for dropping by.

So here I am for the eighth consecutive year I'm participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.

This year the challenge commences 6th March - 18th April March 2019.

Six Items Challenge 2019

Everyday Hero Page

I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the eighth year because I started to campaign for garment and factory workers while caring for my mother who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

The six items challenge means I choose six items of clothing to wear for six weeks.

Don't worry!

This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :)

This year I hope to design a clothes range in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers and ethical producers.

My beloved mother was a great advocate for women's empowerment and education.

I believe she would have been happy and proud of me to continue my campaigning for the millions of countless individuals producing clothes and accessories in factories and workshops around the world.

Hopefully by the end of the Six Week Challenge I would have educated a few people and raised a few pounds/dirhams.

 

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE 2019 VIDEOS

 

WEEK ONE

 

WEEK TWO

WEEK THREE

 

During Week 4 and 5 I hosted an environmentalist activist called Isatou Cessay from Gambia. I interviewed Isatou and would like to share her story of reducing plastic pollution and writing her book 'One Plastic Bag.'

 

WEEK FOUR

Isatou's interview short version

 

Isatou's extended interview

 

WEEK FIVE

Isatou talks about her book One Plastic Bag

 

WEEK SIX

Interviews with Moon Sharma of Tara Projects Dehli, India 

 

Interview with Moon Sharma - extended version

 

WHAT IS FAST FASHION?

Fast fashion is a term the fashion industry uses to entice consumers to purchase new trends, products and accessories every six to eight weeks.

Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in sweat shops around the world.

Workers in many cases are under age children who endure long hours to support their families.

Many are as young as 14 are the only bread winners and often forfeit the chance of a decent education and future.

I hope to record vlogs and raise awareness about garment workers over the next coming weeks.

Best regards to all the Six Items Challenge participants.

Love and regards
Sabeena XXX

 

CHANGE YOUR SHOES 

Labour Behind The Label are calling on leading UK shoe brands and retailers (Schuh, Office, Faith (Debenhams), Dr Martens, Primark, Asda, Very.co.uk

(Shop Direct), Bohoo.com, Boden, Harvey Nichols and Sports Direct) along with leading global shoe brands (Deichmann, Camper, Prada, Birkenstock, CCC, Leder & Schuh) to:

Publish the names and addresses of all their suppliers.

Report on progress in moving away from dangerous chemicals
Show that they are respecting the human rights of the people who make their shoes, ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

Every little helps and your donation will provide Labour Behind The Label the opportunity to raise awareness about the rights of factory workers and improve their wages and working conditions.

A Living Wage is a Human Right.

To read more about Labour Behind The Label and their campaigns please click on the link below.

Labour Behind The Label

If you feel inspired, sign up and take the challenge with me.

 Helen Barlow Scott (One Line Studio) and Sabeena Ahmed (The Little Fair Trade Shop) during fairtrade fortnight 2017 Dubai UAE

Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed

 

WHEN YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT BEING ETHICAL IS SO EASY

With the help of my creative director Helen we've created a little reminder of how easy it is to support fairtrade producers and be ethical at the same time.

We hope you will find it useful.

WHEN YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT BEING ETHICAL IS SO EASY POSTER - The Little Fair Trade Shop

 

TOP 10 TIPS TO FAIR TRADE AND ETHICAL SHOPPING

1. Seek Fairtrade, organic, slave free and eco friendly labels.

2. Support socially conscious brands.

3. Buy only what you love and be selective

and ask 'Who made my clothes?'

'Do I really need to buy it?'

4. Do your research if you can't see where the product is made the company does not want to know.

5. Think beyond the end result where did the sourcing happen and what is product made of?

6. Reduce waste by avoiding disposable products.

7. Shop locally and support independent designers and boutiques.

8. Shop vintage and upcycled for truly unique products.

9. Speak up - ask designers and shops where their products are made.

10. Make it yourself and impress your friends with your new found skills.

HAPPY SHOPPING, SEWING AND CRAFTING! :)

 

More Questions we all need to ask ourselves...

Think twice when out and about conducting that much needed retail therapy.

Do you really need that skirt, blouse, dress, shoes, bags?

Could you purchase an ethical alternative that supports artisans, doesn't exploit animals and protects the environment?

IF the answers are yes than find out where the shops are in your local area.

Do you have a creative streak?

Why not upcycle that old blouse, dress or jacket you just can't throw away. Take up sewing or enrol on a fashion design course at your local college maybe even invite a friend or two.

Alternatively, if like me you like a good bargain, how about walking down to your local charity shop, visit your local car boot sale or donate your clothing to organisations who support millions without adequate clothing.

A recent survey indicated that American consumers throw away 68 pounds of clothing in their lifetime. Clothes and accessories that take years to decompose in landfills.

Why not host ''The True Cost'' a documentary showcasing fast fashion and the treatment of garment workers around the world and organise a clothes swap.

Why wait?

Start today...inspire others and be an ethical conscious consumer, support garment workers, fairtrade and ethical producers receive a decent living wage and good working conditions.

 

 

Interview with Alex and Marie Louise of

Valy Exports, Madagascar

video here

 

Photographs

Marie Louse of Valy Exports Madagascar modelling SDG's 1 and 8 visit Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop Dubai April 2019

Marie Louse of Valy Exports Madagascar supporting SDG's 1 and 8

 -  April 2019

 

Adam of Valy Exports Madagascar modelling SDG's 2 and 10 visit Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop Dubai April 2019

Adam of Valy Exports Madagascar supporting SDG's 2 and 10

 - April 2019

 

Marie Louise of Valy Exports Madagascar models small raffia purses visit Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop Dubai April 2019

Marie Louise of Valy Exports Madagascar

models small raffia purses visit - April 2019

 

Marie Louise of Valy Exports Madagascar modelling a round red raffia bag visit Sabeena Ahmed of The Little Fair Trade Shop Dubai April 2019

Marie Louise of Valy Exports Madagascar

modelling a round red raffia bag - April 2019

 

 Guest book comments by Alex and Marie Louise of Valy Exports Madagascar visiting Dubai April 2019 by Sabeena Ahmed

Guest comments by Alex and Marie Louise

 

Further Reading and Links

Middlesex University Dubai

M.E.S.H

Moon Sharma and Tara Projects

Six Items Challenge 2019

Labour Behind The Label

Valy Export

Fairphone 2

 





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This month my right shoulder is still very painful and I have struggled to type this blog.

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