JusTea Organic Kenyan Fair Trade Tea

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Beginning

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.

JusTea: Tea with a Story

Beginning

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.

Present Day

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:

  • Created sustaianable employment for youth and women in rural Kenya! We have opened the country’s first-ever, small-scale farmer-owned, Artisanal Tea Factory. 
  • Partnered with a Women’s Herbal Tea Co-op in Eastern Kenya.  JusTea is the first North American distributor for this co-op’s Organic herbs.  Over 80% of the employees are women and they support hundreds of small-scale herbal tea farmers in their community.  
  • Employed over 50 different woodworking families through the sales of our hand-carved Kenyan teaspoons. We have bought over 100,000 spoons and every purchase directly employs these carving families.
  • Learned an incredible amount about relationship business from our partners in Kenya
  • Travelled over 10 times from Canada to Kenya
  • Funded 3 trips for Buddha (our great friend and tea consultant from Darjeeling) to train farmers in crafting artisanal teas
  • Received the first Cottage-Industry Tea Processing license from the Tea Board of Kenya