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. It has been a long journey to get here, since 2012 we have: