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Our Story

Our vision has a strong personal connection.

 

It is a vision that goes beyond just Saffron.

 

It is social, environmental, and joyful.

 

We strongly believe that the catapulting product to get us towards a peaceful and welcoming Afghanistan is Saffron. 

 

Our vision...

Afghanistan is known for trading joy. 

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Who we are

King of Saffron is a multinational social enterprise committed to cultivating joy in people’s lives.

 

We aim to promote Living the Saffron Way to help heal our minds and kinships across nations.


First and foremost, we are in service of and represent the amazing Afghan Women Farmers. 


Our founder Harris Qais, is a young Afghan-born lad who grew up in the West Midlands, UK. 


After visiting Afghanistan for the first time since fleeing with his family at the age of 3, Harris was determined to help improve the quality of life for people living in rural Afghanistan. 

It was only when he discovered the mind-bending impacts of Saffron did he figure out how to do so. 

Harris Qais - Founder & CEO at King of Saffron

Harris Qais - Founder & CEO at King of Saffron

Our timeline

Here is a brief overview of our past, present, and future milestones. 

KOS past

Late 2018​

King of Saffron was founded by Harris Qais after visiting Afghanistan and discovering how he could help the Afghan women by promoting their incredible saffron and in the process making his own mother proud.

We developed relationships with Coventry Business Growth Hub, Department of International Trade, and Warwick Science Technology Park.

Early 2019​

With the support of DLA Piper, we had commercial agreements put in place with Afghan Suppliers.

King of Saffron was accepted onto the Gymshark incubator programme for our innovative approach to mental & physical wellbeing.

An Independent quality assurance on multiple afghan saffron crops were completed by Aston University.

Late 2019​

We began trading our wholesale Saffron across the UK, Europe and Asia.

We developed partnerships with DACAAR, UNODC and the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture.

Our "lucky genius" formula

During the COVID-19 lockdown period, we welcomed a team of university interns as we offered work experience for anyone wanting to make a big impact in life and gain valuable real-world experience. 

 

The team was fascinated by Harris’s journey and the wisdom he had gained through the start-up process.  

‘I must admit, I started King of Saffron not knowing a thing about setting up a social enterprise. All I knew is that I wanted to help my fellow people. As I continued to share my vision with others, I found more and more people who were able to help me along the way.

The key to success I found is about how brave one can be whilst being vulnerable."

 

- Harris Qais