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May 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2018

This May I was accepted onto the Badiri Social Enterprise and the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scholarship Progam 2018, UAE.

I received a message from Mr Anuj Agarwal Founder of Feedspot to say The Little Fair Trade blog had been included in a comprehensive list of the top 25 Fair Trade Blogs on the internet,

and embraced the blessed holy month of Ramadan once again.


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Badiri Social Enterprise and the

School for Social Entrepreneurs Scholarship Progam 2018, UAE


I decided to apply for the scholarship program after Servane Mouzan CEO of Ogunte kindly tweeted about it during March.

I attended a taster session and was invited to an interview.

I was successful in my interview and have been accepted onto the program. 


Sally Heard with Sabeena Ahmed at NAMA Sharjah - May 2018

Sally Heard CEO of SSE Cornwall and Sabeena Ahmed


About NAMA 

Established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

NAMA is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. Our core philosophy at NAMA is to raise awareness that women are an indispensable human resource for the development of every nation.

NAMA was conceived to go beyond the remit of supporting women and ensuring gender equality to a broader scope that aims to see women become influential key members of society, thereby enabling them to climb the ladder of success.

It encourages policies and legislation to support women and actively pursues programmes that support gender integration into all sectors and abolishes unjust practices and policies that discriminate against the advancement of women.

Its five affiliates, Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, NAMA Fund, Badiri Education and Development and Souq Anwan, fall under the umbrella of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

Source: NAMA


About the School of Social Entrepreneurs 

We can’t fix all of society’s problems by ourselves.

That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs brings together people who want to change things for the better. People tackling urgent issues like poverty, education, inequality, health, climate change and much more.

Every year, we help more than 1,000 people learn how to transform their communities and help people in need.

We support social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and charity leaders. We run courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. We help in other ways too, like connecting them with funding and mentoring.

Our 11 schools are changing lives across the UK, Canada and India.

Source: SSE website




Awarded Feedspot badge for top 25 Fair Trade blogs on the web

Last month I received a message from Anuj Agarwal, founder of Feedspot to say that I'd been selected by panelists as one of the Top 25 Fair Trade Blogs on the web.

I've attached part of his email below.

Thank you Mr Agarwal your email made my day!


''My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.

I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog The Little Fair Trade Shop has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 25 Fair Trade Blogs on the web.



I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 25 Fair Trade Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!


Also, you have the honor of displaying the following badge on your blog. Use the below code to display this badge proudly on your blog.''



Ramadan and  Eid Mubarak 2018 Dubai, UAE

Ramadan Mubarak/Kareem everyone!

Once again I have been blessed to observe another Ramadan in Dubai.

This year has been particularly challenging as I am recovering from a rotator cuff injury on my right shoulder and hospital visits.

May Allah subhana wa'tala God Almighty shower his blessings upon everyone who is poorly, in palliative care, forgive our transgressions and accept our fasts.

As this Ramadan falls in the Year of Sheikh Zayed celebrating his life.

This year in the UAE is the #YearOfGiving. I've been fortunate to take photographs of words that define Ramadan from a

social entrepreneurship prospective.


Me modelling the totally bobbles Fair Trade Pink Bag produced

by Friends Handicraft and Maiti Nepal


Sabeena Ahmed and the words Kindness, Dubai UAE



Sabeena Ahmed and the words Respect, Dubai UAE



Eid Mubarak from Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai, UAE - Eid 2018


Many thanks to my dear friend Joanna Smiejka for these fabulous photographs.


Further Reading and links



Ramadan in Dubai, UAE 



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