Back in 2012, Grayson, Paul and Ian Bain, spent a week with Davison and Grace on their one-acre “shamba”. Davison and the farmers in his community all told us the same story, “Being a small-scale tea farmer in Kenya is not sustainable. We do not earn a decent income from plucking our green leaf and dropping it off for buyers of the factory.” We learned that after all the deductions and bonus payments, these small-scale farmers only earn about $2 per day for their work in tea. That works out to 20-30 cents per 10-hour day. This works out to a lack of basic family needs – food, water, sanitation and education.
Years later, and after many trials and patience between Canadians and Kenyans, we have established Kenya’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned, Artisanal Tea Factory! With your support, together we are providing fair and sustainable wages for tea farming families.
We look forward to expanding our partnerships to work with more and more tea farming families. We want to offer tea drinkers like you, a rainbow of the best teas that Kenya can offer: Green, Black, Oolong and the incredible new Purple Tea! Keep up to date with farmer stories and product launches by joining our newsletter or following us on social media. #justeafarmers
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