Kenyan Black Tea
Made in Kenya
by artisan women and farmworkers
Cozy up with a cup of delicious black tea. The taste is bold and full-bodied, perfect for any tea-lover. Each purchase supports artisans and farmworkers at Ajiri in Kenya.
Kenyan Black Tea | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- This packaging is made by hand by women using dried banana bark. Inside of each box is beautiful twine made of dried banana bark and decorated with beads made from recycled magazine paper. The designs can be repurposed for artwork, notecards, and more.
- Approximately 4.5" tall x 4.5" wide x 3" deep
Ajiri is a Kenyan social enterprise that strives to create employment opportunities for women, and to support the education of the country’s orphan children. The social enterprise works with farmworkers to source flavorful, hand-picked tea and coffee, and supports the artisan women who design its recyclable packaging. Women at Ajiri have the flexibility to work from home, which enables them to take care of their families while maintaining financial independence. With this income, they are able to purchase more nutritious food, bring electricity into their homes, and educate both their sons and daughters. Ajiri provides its workers with fair, living wages and access to beneficial workshops on topics ranging from literacy to nutrition.
Ajiri sources its delicious, hand-picked tea from the Nyansiongo Tea Factory in Kisii, Kenya. The factory is owned by nearly 20,000 small-scale farmworkers, each of whom owns a quarter to two acres of land. They grow their tea organically, as there are no natural pests to tea in Kenya. The Rooibos, a caffeine-free alternative to the black teas and coffee, is sourced from a large plantation in South Africa. Each tea box is completely recyclable, as are its contents — even the tea bags are biodegradable. The labels are made from once-dried paper, dried banana bark, and water hyacinth, an invasive weed found in Lake Victoria.
Kenya has a population of more than 35 million people comprising of 42 ethnic groups, each with its own language and culture, as well as Asian, Arab and European Communities, which makes for a fascinating mix of traditions and cultures. Kenya’s multifaceted culture is expressed in different forms, from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, artifacts, theatre and literature to its ethnic values and ethical norms.
Kenya is among the world’s 30 poorest countries, ranking 145 out of 185 countries on the 2012 Human Development Index, and more than one-half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line on less than US $1 a day. Years of drought in this region have had a serious impact on the well-being of children, increasing malnutrition rates, morbidity and mortality.
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