The Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative was founded in 2010. It is a joint venture between HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi and Tanweer Investments in Afghanistan. The social enterprise was originally established to initiate a change in the stark realities of Afghanistan’s women and children. FBMI invests locally in healthcare, education, numerous social and economic reforms; and provides employment in the ancient art of hand-knotted carpet making. About 70% of FBMI employees are women & widows who work from home. Each employee receives free vocational training, medical care and schooling for their children.
A unique and integral part of this model is to provide the families of working women with critical social services. The initiative is open to all Afghan women over the age of 15 years. These women are required to sign a contract of accountability, an undertaking to participate in the healthcare programme and ensure that all children attend school. FBMI social service providers register families and conduct house visits to ensure this. As a result, the health of the employees, their families and the entire community is improved and the scourge of child labour eradicated.
Due to the success of FBMI, the Initiative has hired over 4,000 Afghan artisans, 70% are women, and 35% of these women are widows, making them the sole bread winner of their families.
FBMI’s impact has made a true ripple effect of Afghanistan’s economy, benefiting not only FBMI employees, but the children and relatives of FBMI artisans, as well as farmers and other blue collar workers.
The success and exciting future of FBMI is a testament to the vision and commitment of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed and to Afghanistan’s women’s relentless desire to improve their lives and reignite the light which has been dim for so many decades.
FBMI offers opportunities and services that empower individuals to eliminate poverty, enhance their lives and contribute to society with dignity.
We inspire communities through providing sustainable employment, vocational training, schooling and healthcare initiatives. We inspire and empower change.
We strive to achieve the highest quality in our products, services, programme delivery and in recognised effective business practices.
We preserve the ancient heritage of traditional craft making and innovate to ensure its survival for the future.
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