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Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed - International Fair Trade Towns Conference June/July 2016

Fair Trade Travels with Sabeena Ahmed - International Fair Trade Towns Conference June/July 2016

During the last week of Ramadan 2016 on a bright hot sunny morning I took a flight to Beirut, Lebanon.

I'd never been to an International Fair Trade Towns Conference but was excited to know that I would be representing the United Arab Emirates.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight and International Women's Day 2020 Dubai, UAE with my sister Irem.

This year the Fairtrade Foundation UK's campaign is all about the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate. The hashtag is #SHEDESERVES.

I was so pleased to learn about the House of Commons UK also supports Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.

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The Little Fair Trade Shop - Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Little Fair Trade Shop - Fairtrade and the Sustainable Development Goals

In this blog I explain how Fairtrade supports the Sustainable Development Goals and how I have attempted to implement them in my everyday work and life.

I have concentrated on the following SDG's, SDG1, SDG2, SDG5, SDG8, SDG10, SDG12, SDG13, SDG16 and SDG17.

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July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This July I edited my interview with Alex Schmidt and Marie Louise of Valy Export, Madagascar.

Participated in Plastic Free July 2019 and completed a MOOC with Future Learn titled Fashion's Future: Sustainable Development Goals Fashion Revolution 

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Plastic Free July 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

Plastic Free July 2019 - Fair Trade Ethical Living, Sabeena Ahmed, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

This year I am determined to reduce my plastic consumption and try to educate others in the process.

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Introduction to Fair Trade - Interview for the Sister-hood team and World Fair Trade Day 2018

Introduction to Fair Trade - Interview for the Sister-hood team and World Fair Trade Day 2018

I've been meaning to write an article illustrating my fair trade journey for the

Sister-hood team for some time but then I had surgery for a rototar cuff and everything stopped.

After months of painful physiotherapy I finally edited my interview.

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Fair Trade Ethical Living - Fair trade chocolate master class and interview with Bruce Crowhter MBE, Garstang, United Kingdom

Fair Trade Ethical Living - Fair trade chocolate master class and interview with Bruce Crowhter MBE, Garstang, United Kingdom

I had the good fortune to visit Bruce Crowther, MBE during November 2016 and spent a morning learning how to produce fair trade chocolate bean to bar.

Fredrick is a member of the Kuapa Kukoo Farmers Cooperative Ghana, and it was wonderful feeling knowing he had grown the cocoa for our chocolate.

We began our chocolate making at the crack of dawn and I was nervous not to make any mistakes and spoil Bruce's batch of chocolate.

I have posted all the photographs chronologically as we produced the chocolate.

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Fair Trade Pioneers - Bruce Crowther MBE, The FIG Tree, United Kingdom

Fair Trade Pioneers - Bruce Crowther MBE, The FIG Tree, United Kingdom

The FIG Tree Garstang/Lancaster, United Kingdom

I first visited The Fig Tree October 2011 when it was a mere shell and was invited to a fair trade tea party, August 2012.

The enthusiasm, passion and the warm welcome I received was overwhelming and humbling. I was impressed by its amazing transformation.

I revisited The Fig Tree November 2016 where I was invited to participate in a Chocolate Master Class with the Godfather of Fairtrade Bruce Crowther MBE.

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June 2016 Newsletter Video Blog - Fair Trade Lebanon & Fair Trade Travels

June 2016 Newsletter Video Blog - Fair Trade Lebanon & Fair Trade Travels

Fair Trade Lebanon

In this month recap I've talked about my Ramadan reflections and participating in my first ever International Fair Trade Towns Conference 2016, Baskinta, Lebanon.

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My Fair Trade Journey - Sabeena Ahmed & The Little Fair Trade Shop Ltd

My Fair Trade Journey - Sabeena Ahmed & The Little Fair Trade Shop Ltd

I have been campaigning for fairtrade and ethical producers and ethical consumerism in my beloved home city of Manchester, London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the past eleven years.

One of greatest accomplishments is converting my mother to fairtrade products.

It was a wonderful experience to meet Professor Mohammad Yunus at Salford University.

A privilege to discuss fair trade with Dr Jamil Sherif and Mrs Naseema Begum at the Muslim Council of Britain November 2016.

As the only fair trade campaigner, educator and modest retailer in the United Arab Emirates I have struggled to create a niche market for fair trade products.

Nevertheless, I have never lost heart and am more determined than ever to dispel the myth about fair trade being ''charity.''

I continue to educate people about fair trade artisans and groups by promoting the principles of a living wage, self-reliance, empowerment, transparency, environmental sustainability and dignity and self respect for all.

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Fair Trade Schools, Dubai, UAE - Fair trade banana lesson

Fair Trade Schools, Dubai, UAE - Fair trade banana lesson

Fair trade Banana Lesson Plan

I was invited to teach fairtrade to a group of 25 children at the Star International School, Mirdif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

The children were enthusiastic and eager to learn about fairtrade. 

I decided to introduce the banana supply chain and used role play cards for them to understand and emphasise with the difficulties and challenges faced by farmers and banana workers.

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