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May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2019 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This May I received my certificate for the Future Learn MOOC

' Make Change Happen' with Oxfam and the Open University.

I embraced Ramadan 2019 and

celebrated World Fair Trade Day 2019.

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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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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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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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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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December 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

December 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This December I participated at the Swiss Business Council Christmas Market,
Abu Dhabi, for the third time.
 
Attended a workshop with Bel Pesce and was over the moon to be included in Feedspots 25 Fairtrade blogs 2019 in the world. 
 
Many thanks to the NAMA and BSEP administrations teams for organising this event.

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Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme (BSEP) and Academy, NAMA and (SSE) the School for Social Entrepreneurs London International Scholarship Programme 2018 - Cohort 1

Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme (BSEP) and Academy, NAMA and (SSE) the School for Social Entrepreneurs London International Scholarship Programme 2018 - Cohort 1

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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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Fair Trade Travels - Heritage Crafts and Cafe Bangkok (ThaiCraft) and Interview with Mr Stephen Salmon

Fair Trade Travels - Heritage Crafts and Cafe Bangkok (ThaiCraft) and Interview with Mr Stephen Salmon

In a recently restored building in one of one of the oldest pats of Bangkok, the Heritage Craft Shop and Café is a beautiful respite from the heat and a wonderful place to conduct to some fair trade retail therapy.

Conveniently located in the old city of Bangkok near (Rattanakosin Island).

The Heritage Craft and Cafe is a treasure trove of lovingly hand crafted fair trade gifts have been selected by its founder Mr Stephen Salmon.

Highly recommended the gorgeous interior has been lovingly restored.

The cafe serves freshly brewed fair-trade coffee or tea and yummy chocolate cake.

I had the honour and privilege of visiting Mr Salmon again and thank him for his time.

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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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February 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

February 2018 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This February I met with Mr Hassan Bello of the Ajala Project.

Was a panelist at the SHETRADES MENA HUB LAUNCH.

Started my Six Items Challenge 2018 and celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2018.

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Six Items Challenge 2018 with Labour Behind The Label

Six Items Challenge 2018 with Labour Behind The Label

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

This year the challenge commences 14th February - 29th March 2018.

Six Items Challenge 2018

Everyday Hero Six Items Challenge 2018 - The Lilfairtrade Shop

For those interested I have also attached links to the Six Items Challenges, 2017, 2016 and 2012 - 2015.

https://www.thelittlefairtradeshop.com/blogs/news/six-items-challenge-2017

Six Items Challenge 2016

Six Items Challenge 2012-2015

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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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December 2017 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

December 2017 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This December I was privileged and honoured to participate at the Swiss Business Council for the second time.

Many thanks to Ms Charoline Engel, Claudine and her team for organising another successful market.

 

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Women's Words Workshop - Gorton Library (November 2017)

Women's Words Workshop - Gorton Library (November 2017)

It was lovely to finally meet the team from the Women's World Project, Manchester in association with The Pankhurst Centre.

I had a lovely afternoon meeting strong willed, ambitious, beautiful women.

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