World's largest eco-friendly handicraft maker:
Fakih strengthens presence in Lanka
The Dubai based Fakih Collection, the multinational manufacturer of
specialised gift items, souvenirs and handicraft, is now in town
scouting for craft provisions from Sri Lanka for its demanding supply
"My products sourced from Sri Lanka are fast moving among
"The 'Made in Sri Lanka' label is fast gaining ground in Dubai and
Abu Dhabi's sprawling tourist club area. Viet Nam just received our
first 'Made in Sri Lanka' labelled handicraft shipment" revealed N.P
Fakih, the Managing Director of Dubai based $300 Mn Fakih Group, on 11
November at Colombo's Cinnamon Lake.
"Fakih Collection is also one of the firms providing large scale
employment opportunities to rural women handicrafters across Asia, if
not in the whole world. We are also world's largest eco-friendly
handicraft maker," Fakih revealed.
"We now want to enlist wood supplies from Sri Lanka. Wood is a key
raw material for us and Sri Lankan wood is of good quality."
"Having visited some wood (supply) factories in Sri Lanka we have now
selected a supplier from Ethkandura in Elpitiya (region). I am planning
to invest in this firm substantially so that we have a bigger stake in
Sri Lanka" said Fakih who bagged many awards from various governmental
and non-governmental organizations for enlisting grassroots through his
unique charity- business-exports model.
Fakih Group employs 5300 employees across 14 countries, (considerable
number of them being women in households on a self-employment basis), to
supply the growing demand volumes in their 28 international markets. The
Group uses kiosk vending model and in Dubai alone runs 28 kiosks.
Among the 5300 employees are 3655 handicraft creators exclusively
working for us in Asia. Among the countries supplying the more than
290,000 items strong Fakih Group multicultural gifts and souvenirs
portfolio are UAE (467 items), Philippines (3600 items), Thailand (22467
items), Vietnam (11359 items), Turkey (1310 items), Morocco (12290
items), Nepal (2315 items), Cambodia (1310 items), African collection
(3590 items), Indonesia (11274 items), India (55924 items), Egypt (1936
items), Yemen (3600 items) and China (160128 items).