UAE social enterprise FBMI was granted an honoring Insignia in the category of Leading Emirati Project (Humanitarian) by H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (Chairwomen of the General Women`s Union and Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood , the Honorary President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority).
The medal was presented by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, during the honoring ceremony held on April 19 at St. Regis – Corniche, Abu Dhabi which opened the Third GCC Corporate Social Responsibility Conference 2015, hosted by the Emirates Red Crescent.
Sheikh Nahyan said that the Medal of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, are granted to Gulf institutions that have an active role in social responsibility. The medal, he said, reflected Sheikha Fatima’s interest in the importance of social responsibility in building communities and community solidarity.
Launched in 2010, FBMI is a unique enterprise that takes a comprehensive approach to development leveraging both private entrepreneurship and sustainable social services. It offers women employment in the weaving industry, while also providing them critical social services including training, healthcare and education.
FBMI is Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan humanitarian initiative.
The carpets produced through FBMI employs traditional crafting methods, operating strictly within Afghanistan. Wool from Afghan farmers, natural vegetables dyes and a local workforce (over 4,000 workers to date) are all pillars of the FBMI program.
The organization currently has four showrooms: in Kabul, London, Dubai and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi open to professionals as well as local consumers.
FBMI enjoys fantastic collaborations with international and local designers such as Norma Kamali, Khalid Shafar and pop artist Maria Iqbal.
Last December, FBMI received the Humanitarian Award at Arab Woman Awards UAE 2014.
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