Please join us to hear more about the Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) - an innovative social enterprise that harnesses the traditional skills of the Afghan people to produce beautiful hand knotted carpets, embroidered furniture and local handicraft at fair market wages. The evening will start with a talk by FBMI regional manager, Farshied Jabarkhyl. A loom and selection of carpets will be on display.

FBMI employs Afghan workers at its dedicated production centres in Kabul and Jalalabad. Since it was established in 2010, the organisation has employed over 4,000 Afghans – 70% women and 35% widows – at its facilities and provided each of them and their families with free access to healthcare services. Employees receive fair market wages for their work and valuable training in skills such as carpet weaving and wool spinning. As a result, thousands of Afghans – including women and widows – have been empowered to become the primary breadwinner for their families through the power of dignified work. 100% of FBMI products are sourced and produced in Afghanistan. They are then marketed to international consumers through two retail showrooms in the UAE, a wholesale showroom in London, and is developing plans to establish a retail presence in the USA.As a dedicated social enterprise, FBMI also makes important contributions to the social welfare of its employees, their families and their communities. The initiative provides free education to the children of its employees. In fact, enrolling children in full-time education is a mandatory requirement of taking part. To date, more than 7,800 Afghan children have been enrolled in school through FBMI. In addition, dedicated health clinics co-located at its production centres provide FBMI employees and their families with free health check-ups, basic medicine and immunisations, while an ambulance service delivers urgent supplies and assistance to local communities. It is estimated that FBMI has benefited more than 25,000 people in Afghanistan through its employment initiatives and social services since 2010.