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Tea plantation workers and small tea farm holders are often among the poorest people in the world. They find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty, back-breaking labor and little education with no way out. Read this factsheet from World Vision to learn more. More and more tea companies are turning to Fair Trade certification programs (such as Equal Exchange, Fair Trade USA, Rainforest Alliance, etc.) to try to create a better life for tea growers. Below you can find links to tea from companies who are working directly with tea farmers to rescue them from poverty and you can also buy ethically made teapots, tea cups and everything else tea!
Amani ya Juu "means 'Peace from Above'. " They are a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sell a Kenyan Masala Chai Gift Set. The tea and spices are locally sourced in Kenya and the lovely bag is made at the Amani sewing center. They also sew beautiful Kitenge coaster sets.
Ten Thousand Villages started 65 years ago with the Mennonite Central Committee to "provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America." They offer tea sets, tea strainers and tea mugs. (To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)
Land of a Thousand Hills "brings life-changing work to communities in Rwanda. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, you help families provide for themselves with living wages, you build homes for orphans, give care to widows, and most importantly, give hope to entire coffee growing communities." They sell fairly traded Rwandan Rukeri loose-leaf black tea.