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.
What followed was one of the most memorable weeks of my life.
Despite recovering from two shoulder surgeries and enduring a terrible bout of Dehli belly I proceeded with my magical tour.
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.
I have attached videos and photographs of my visit below.
M.E.S.H, Dehli India,
the lovely Tina modelling handwoven scarves
M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered Kashmiri bags
M.E.S.H Dehli India, hand embroidered towels napkins aprons
M.E.S.H Dehli India, fairtrade hand made toy elephants
M.E.S.H Shop, Dehli India, fairtrade hand made toys
M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, fairtrade hand made accessories.
the lovely Tina modelling a fairtrade frog cushion
M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, 'THE AMAZING M.E.S.H TEAM.'
M.E.S.H Shop Dehli India, THE AMAZING M.E.S.H TEAM
and Sabeena Ahmed
Mathew's comments in my guest book
I finally planned my visit to their shop in New Delhi and recorded several videos promoting the work of disabled artisans from all over India.
The shop was a treasure trove of hand embroidered bespoke home accessories, children's toys and bags.
If you happen to travel to Dehli the M.E.S.H shop is one fairtrade organisation you must visit and support.
What a gem of shop!
5, Local Shopping Centre,
New Delhi 110 049
Tel. +91 11 41661499
To provide opportunities for disabled people and people affected by leprosy to achieve social and economic integration by trading.
Self-sufficiency for our partners.
To provide opportunities for disabled people and their dependents, especially those affected by leprosy, to be rehabilitated in order to become self-sufficient
To train disabled people to produce goods suited to their capabilities
To serve as a guide in the selection of what will sell best
To assist in obtaining raw materials
To ensure prompt payment for goods to provide constant cash flow and working capital for continued production
To maintain quality control
To provide guidance to village industries in developing cost sheets which include fair wages for the artisans as well as overheads and profits
To secure orders with the aim of providing full-time employment for disabled people
To secure orders with the aim of providing full-time employment for disabled people.
Courtesy of the M.E.S.H website
I had the pleasure of welcoming CEO Ms Jackie Bonney now resident consultant and Manager Mathew to Dubai when they visited 2012.
Ms Jacky Bonnie MBE and Mathew KK of M.E.S.H Dehli, India
visiting Sabeena Ahmed in Dubai, UAE November 2012
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Hello! My name is Sabeena Ahmed.
I'm a fairtrade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur.
I was born and educated in Manchester, UK.
I'm a qualified PGCE ESOL Practitioner, adore fairtrade chocolate and support breast cancer research.
I promote the sustainable development goals, fair trade ethical living and the circular economy.
This is a brief summary of my fairtrade activities and campaigns in the United Arab Emirates spanning 2009 to 2020.
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.
The World Fair Trade Organization's Communications team asked me to share the names of inspirational women in my life for International Women's Day 2020.
This years campaign hashtag is #SheEmpowersMe
I chose to mention 4 ladies and invited them to continue the video challenge.
Ms Christina Longden - The Lorna Young Foundation
Ms Samini Bibi - Sabah Pakistan
Ms Roopa Mehta (Apa) - WFTO President
Ms Moon Sharma (Apa) - Tara Projects, India
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