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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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Interview - Mrs Gulshan Bibi, (WFTO) member SABAH/SUNGI Pakistan & FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN INTERVIEWS & VISITS 2011 & 2015

Interview - Mrs Gulshan Bibi, (WFTO) member SABAH/SUNGI Pakistan & FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN INTERVIEWS & VISITS 2011 & 2015

I fulfilled a life time ambition to visit Pakistan December 2011 and February 2015 and met the only two fair trade certified organisations in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

I also conducted interviews with a government official and non profit organisations who are working towards implementing the ten principles of fair trade. Each organisation has a dual role and purpose;

1. to support rural artisans establish and develop strong sustainable projects and
2. revive traditional skills and techniques.

I have attached interviews with Fairtrade and NGO's I visited during December January 2011/12 and February/March 2015.

THE DOMINION TRADERS

SABAH PAKISTAN

THE RA'ANA LIAQUAT CRAFTMEN'S COLONY

THE HOME BASED WOMEN'S WORKERS FEDERATION

AHAN - AIK HUNAR AIK NAGAR

KAARVAN CRAFTS - PRIDE PAKISTAN

AL FALAH TRUST AND EMBROIDERY PROJECT

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Interview - Kaarvan Crafts, Pride of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011, FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

Interview - Kaarvan Crafts, Pride of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011, FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

KAARVAN CRAFTS - PRIDE PAKISTAN

Kaarvan's mission is to be a fairtrade market leader by producing and retailing affordable and sophisticated hand crafted products in local and export markets.

It provides employment opportunities and marketing and advisory services to women and girls in low income communities so that they can enhance their economic realities.

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Interview - (AHAN) Aik Hunar Aik Nagar, Karachi, Pakistan, (2011 & 2015) FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

Interview - (AHAN) Aik Hunar Aik Nagar, Karachi, Pakistan, (2011 & 2015) FAIR TRADE PAKISTAN SERIES

AHAN - AIK HUNAR AIK NAGAR

Ahan is a non profit company created by the Pakistani Industrial Corporation in 2006.

It has 4 offices based in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi.

It aims to provide employment for small marginalised craftsman and artisans around Pakistan.

It works to revive traditional handicrafts through skill enhancement, product development, technological output, quality control and market and financial support.

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Future Learn - 'Who Made Your Clothes?' University of Exeter

Future Learn - 'Who Made Your Clothes?' University of Exeter

As a passionate advocate for fairtrade and ethical slow fashion I decided to enroll on the Future Learn 'Who Made Your Clothes?' Course with the University of Exeter.

This online course is free but you can receive a certificate and unlimited access to resources and materials for $39 which is approximately £30 depending on the exchange rate.

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Future Learn - Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas Into Action, Middlesex University Business School

Future Learn - Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas Into Action, Middlesex University Business School

Last year I enrolled on the Future Learn Social Enterprise 'Business Doing Good' course with the Middlesex University Business School and the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 

I  thoroughly enjoyed the course and my participation with all the other candidates.

I also enrolled on the second course Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into Action.

Lesson 3.11, all participants were asked to submit a video about their social enterprise and enter the International Social Innovation Challenge 2016.

I won my social pitch and would like to congratulate Palma Milicevic and Emma Butler who were awarded consultancy and support.

Thank you to all the candidates who entered and voted for me.

Many thanks to Dr Sara Calvo, Jeremy Wade and all the other mentors.

Best wishes to everyone with their social enterprises.

Sabeena

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''If you've got fairtrade fashion flaunt it.'' The Six Items Challenge 2017

''If you've got fairtrade fashion flaunt it.'' The Six Items Challenge 2017

For the sixth consecutive year I'm participating and supporting Labour Behind The Label and their innovative concept raising awareness about fast fashion by fasting for fashion.

The Six Items Challenge simply means that for six weeks I will be wearing six items of every day clothing, don't worry I am entitled to an endless supply of undergarments and exercise gear.

Why?

I care about the millions of countless individuals producing clothes and accessories in factories and workshops around the world who deserve a decent living wage and good working conditions.

If you would like to participate or support Labour Behind The Label's work click to read more.

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