Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI)
FBMI provides women with employment in the traditional carpet production process, as well as other finely handcrafted items such as home décor and clothing. Due to the success of FBMI, the Initiative has hired over 3,000 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.