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Visit to Fairtrade producers M.E.S.H, Dehli, India - April 2019

Visit to Fairtrade producers M.E.S.H, Dehli, India - 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.

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.

Sadly, I was unable to interview Mathew, Ms Jacky Bonnie or the producer groups on this occasion and hope to interview them the next time I visit.

 

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April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This April I was asked to judge five social enterprises at the Middlesex University Dubai.

 

I travelled to Dehli, Inida 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.

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March 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This March my play was performed by actors at at the Emirates Literature Foundation.

 

I was chosen as a finalist as Change maker of the Year for Be the Change Awards 2019  and Ethical Hour.

 

Despite struggling with my shoulders I participated in the Six Items Challenge for the eighth year.

I enrolled on the Be The Change Course with Oxfam and the Open University.

I welcomed environmental activist Isatou Ceesay and her son Madou to Dubai.

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Ethical Pioneer - Interview with Isatou Ceesay, co author of One Plastic Bag visits Dubai, UAE, March/April 2019

Ethical Pioneer - Interview with Isatou Ceesay, co author of One Plastic Bag visits Dubai, UAE, March/April 2019

Isatou Ceesay and son Madou stayed with me for 5 days during their 7 day visit

to Dubai.

Isatou Ceesay is an environmental activist and social entrepreneur from Njau, Gambia.

For over 16 years she has been reducing the use of single use plastic.

She has co-authored a book about her plastic journey titled One Plastic Journey with Miranda Paul who I interviewed last year.

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World Pulse Ambassador UAE - March 2019

World Pulse Ambassador UAE - March 2019

February 2019 I applied to become an ambassador with World Pulse.

My application was accepted.

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Sabeena Ahmed submission for Be The Change Awards 2019 with Sian Conway and Ethical Hour

Sabeena Ahmed submission for Be The Change Awards 2019 with Sian Conway and Ethical Hour

I submitted my video for Be the Change Awards 2019.

Many thanks to Sian Conway and Jo Salter for their dedication and tireless work to make the Be The Change Awards successful.

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January 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

January 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This January I completed my Social Business Model, Reflective Artifact, attended my graduation ceremony, assisted the NAMA (The Badiri Academy) and the School For Social Entrepreneur London and Liverpool teams to part design the second cohort and enrolled on a play writing course with Alex Broun at the Emirates Literature Foundation.

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World Cancer Day - 4th February 2019

World Cancer Day - 4th February 2019

After a brave 4 year struggle with metastatic breast cancer my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano returned to her maker.

My siblings and I miss her terribly.

I have recorded this video for World Cancer Day 2019 and hope it will assist others in the Pakistani and Asian community to talk openly about cancer prevention, palliative care and those left behind.

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Social Business Canvas, Graduation Video Presentation and Reflective Artifact  - The Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme and School For Social Entrepreneurs London International Scholarship Programme 2018

Social Business Canvas, Graduation Video Presentation and Reflective Artifact - The Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme and School For Social Entrepreneurs London International Scholarship Programme 2018

This January I completed my Social Business Canvas, Graduation Presentation and Reflective Artifact for the Badiri Social Enterpreneurship Programme and School For Social Entrepreneurs International Scholarship Programme 2018.

Congratulations to my peers on your graduation.

I wish you all every success with your concepts and businesses.

Sabeena X

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Badiri Academy (BSEP), NAMA, School For Social Entrepreneurs Graduation Presentation and Ceremony 2019, Sharjah UAE

Badiri Academy (BSEP), NAMA, School For Social Entrepreneurs Graduation Presentation and Ceremony 2019, Sharjah UAE

The 21st January 2019 was a day I will never forget.

I finally completed my scholarship programme with the Badiri Academy, NAMA, UAE and the School For Social Entrepreneurs London, UK.

I presented my graduation presentation and received my certificate.

Many thanks to Jo Van Osch my mentor for supporting me throughout the programme.

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Workshop with Bel Pesce - Dubai, UAE, December 2018

Workshop with Bel Pesce - Dubai, UAE, December 2018

I was honoured to attend a workshop on entrepreneurship with renowned writer and computer tech expert/genius Bel Pesce.

Many thanks to NAMA and the BSEP team for organising this event.

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Fair Trade Travels - Visit to the Good Shepherd Sisters and Interview with Sister Louise Horgan

Fair Trade Travels - Visit to the Good Shepherd Sisters and Interview with Sister Louise Horgan

During the final week of June I traveled to Thailand to visit Sister Louise of the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok, Thailand.

Many thanks to Sister Louise for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk about her pioneering work.

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November 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

November 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This November I travelled to the UK to attend appointments with medical professionals.

Completed a photo shoot of new fairtrade products.

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July 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This July I traveled to the UK and visited the London Textile Fair with my dear friend Sunita.

I attended the UK leg of the Social Entrepreneurship Programme in 
London with the Badiri Academy, NAMA and the School for Social Entrepreneurs London and Cornwall.

Many thanks to all the guest speakers and the NAMA and SSE's teams for their support, expertise and wisdom.

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June 2018 - Newsletter  Video Blog Summary

June 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This June I collapsed at the end of Ramadan and required urgent IVs for iron, glucose and vitamins. Betathalasemia minor is pain!

During the final week of June I traveled to Thailand to visit Sister Louise of the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangkok and Mr Stephen Salmon of the Heritage Crafts and Cafe, (ThaiCraft) Bangkok, Thailand.

Many thanks to Sister Louise and Mrs Salmon for taking time out of their busy schedules to talk about their pioneering work.

 

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May 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

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.

Embraced the blessed holy month of Ramadan once again.

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Fairtrade Pioneers - Interview with Miranda Paul, Dubai, UAE

Fairtrade Pioneers - Interview with Miranda Paul, Dubai, UAE

Miranda Paul fair trade advocate and children's author visits Sharjah and Dubai, UAE.

My friend renowned children's author and fairtrade advocate was invited to participate at the Sharjah International  Children's Book Fair and visited me in Dubai.

I am very
grateful to Miranda for conducting this interview during her short visit to Dubai.

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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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Social Enterprise Showcase at The Middlesex University Dubai - April 2018

Social Enterprise Showcase at The Middlesex University Dubai - April 2018

This April I was invited 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.

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Visit to Fairtrade at St. Michael's & Lunch with Maranda St John Nicolle, Oxford, UK

Visit to Fairtrade at St. Michael's & Lunch with Maranda St John Nicolle, Oxford, UK

I had the good fortune to travel to Oxford during my visit to the United Kingdom.

I am very grateful to Clare and Miranda for taking time out of their busy schedules to conduct interviews with me.

I look forward to returning to beautiful Oxford soon.

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March 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This March I was privileged to meet Professor Muhammad Yunus again.

Celebrated the second week of Fair Trade Fortnight 2018, Dubai, UAE.

Continued trading at the Boutique Market at JBR and asked friends to support  my Six Items Challenge 2018 and participated in Earth Hour Dubai 2018.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 - Dubai, UAE

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 - Dubai, UAE

Despite my slow recovery for this dodgy right shoulder this year I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 in Dubai with friends and had the privilege to meet Professor Muhammad Yunus again.

Many thanks to Leah, Glenda, Professor Muhammad Yunus and all my fabulous fairtrade friends and supporters in Dubai. 

So what are you waiting for?

GET INVOLVED and SUPPORT FAIRTRADE!

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SheTrades MENA Launch - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

SheTrades MENA Launch - Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

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 a 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.''

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January 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

January 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

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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